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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

May 9, 2019

In this season dedicated to cable's growth and capacity to niche program content aimed at women, we'd be remiss if we didn't includes a look at the made-for-TV movie genre on eating disorders. Art historian, professor and author Emily L. Newman provides insights into the milestone movies and headlines of the 80s, 90s and recent years that contained bulimia and anorexia as plotlines. We talk about the influence of Cathy Rigby, Tracey Gold, Meredith Baxter and Karen Carpenter.

Learn more about art historian, professor, author Emily L. Newman and her books at emilynewman.com