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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

Mar 20, 2017

Ann Curry's 10 years as face of news on The Today Show

Matt Lauer chemistry

Jane Pauley's forced departure in 1989

Bryan Gumbel's spin of Pauley departure

ABC's Kelly Ripa about voice, managing the message and taking risk.

Resource: Brian Stelter's (then a reporter for the New York Times) 2013 book, Top of the Morning:...


Oct 25, 2015

Picks up from podcast discussion of leadership growth of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer Pt 1, Seasons 1-4)

Introduction of Capt. Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell. Style differences. Marriage challenges, alcoholism. Niece Charlie (played by Sosie Bacon) as parenting test. Are Johnson & Raydor modern...


Jul 15, 2015

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

TNT Original Series - acclaimed and high ratings. Personal and professional growth.  Resource: The Leadership Challenge by William Kouzes and Barry Posner


Jul 6, 2015

Sports Night - time capsule show during cable news' heyday & early days of the internet.

Felicity Huffman character - strong woman leader. Robert Guillaume character - mentoring leadership & journalistic integrity

Fight against corporate decisions. Advancement of women in male-dominated field. Serious issues covered in...