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Love TV? TV women have brought us great lessons in leadership, achievement and diligence. It’s time their stories are told and in many cases, placed in the proper context of the women’s movement, social change and political trends. Representation of women on TV – whether it’s in the news, programming schedule or sports – is a fraction of the amount of screen time men get. Yet every generation of women is profoundly impacted by what they see. It’s more than the memory of watching it, it’s the confidence that if a girl or woman sees another doing it, she is more likely to believe in herself.

Advanced TV Herstory finds those seminal moments, those important episodes of iconic shows or profiles of women whose persistence was exemplary, and tells those stories. Within each episode, we zero in on the life lessons discovered through research and analysis. Shows from every era and genre, and the women who made them, get their place in the spotlight. 

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Oct 17, 2017

Southgate Media Group podcast marathon, Elgin, IL

Feb. 26, 1996 CBS Monday night line-up, 4 women-centric sitcoms

Elizabeth Taylor's "Black Pearls" perfume line launch

The Nanny, Fran Dresher, 3rd season - directed by Dorothy Lyman

Can't Hurry Love, one season, starring Mariska Hargitay and Nancy McKeon

Murphy Brown,...


Aug 17, 2017

How the ASPCA landed McLachlan

Record-setting amount raised through a PSA

Tactics that raised visibility & invited discord

Bottom line


Dec 14, 2016

Betwitched's incredible popularity

Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher as producers

Backstory of high school writing submission

Noted woman writer Barbara Avedon helped develop the script

Holiday episode boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity


May 8, 2016

Murphy Brown & creator Diane English - Season 4, unplanned pregnancy.

Colleen Dewhurst as Murphy's mother Avery Brown.

Dan Quayle comments about Murphy's story arc and perception of fatherhood.

Classic ensemble comedy.

Poignant performance by Candice Bergen AND her hair.


Mar 24, 2016

Anita Hill became a household name in an instant.

Nationally televised hearings were booster rockets for C-SPAN.

#69 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of 20th Century.

Aggressive questioning from men of both parties.

Hill's work and legacy.

Contiributor to 2003 Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a...