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.
The topic of Hollywood
Blacklisting has recently added a chapter - the impact it had on
the budding TV industry, and more specifically, women. Researched
and backed by FBI files of author/scholar Dr. Carol Stabile
(University of Oregon), this 4 episode series mentions names of
talented women whose careers were maliciously ruined with the
publication of Red Channels.
Stabile delivers quotes, right
from FBI files she's requested for more than a decade, that assert
that many of the charges and allegations that smeared these
progressive women were unfounded or made up.
You’ll also hear from another
author and scholar, Dr. Charlene Regester. In episode 3, listen in
on our frank conversation about how racism, Jim Crowe laws and
segregation further changed the course of early TV.
Lillian Hellman's letter, read by
Liza Minnelli (rare video of the 1974 telecast of the 1972 Off
Broadway stage production in which actors portrayed blacklisted
people from the entertainment world during the House Un-American
Activities Committee proceedings).
Finally, a podcast about TV & women! Enjoy an in-depth review of lessons of leadership, persistence and achievement of TV women. We talk why it's important women see themselves on TV and how and why that's changed over the years. Do you love talking TV? So do we!
Produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams, a public relations & leadership consultant. Find show scripts & more at www.tvherstory.com