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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

Feb 8, 2016

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady & pioneering communicator

Frank Sinatra Show appearance (1959)

Recites a poem in a voice that sends chills...

Betty Ford, unapologetic feminist catapulted to the role of First Lady

Resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, Cong. Gerald Ford (MI) appointment

Resignation of President Richard Nixon, VP Gerald Ford assumes power of the presidency.

Outspoken activism on health, addiction and women's issues.



Resources: Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt: Volumes 1 & 2