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Thousands of comedies, dramas & news shows have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is often a story untold. Advanced TV Herstory believes it’s all worth telling and re-telling.

Sometimes shows offer great leadership lessons or are so timeless in their writing that people say the series has aged very well. We’ll revisit moments in TV where women broke records, exceeded expectations or put their careers on the line. Advanced TV Herstory connects the treasures & moments of the past and places it into context of American life, for women, today.

Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. Knowledge is power. So gear up for a little storytelling and fun, sociology, fashion, economics or strategy. It’s all here in Advanced TV Herstory.

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Feb 8, 2016

Our topic today draws upon the sparsely populated archive of U.S. first ladies on television. Two First Ladies stand out with television presence. They rise taller than their peers, leaving a lasting impression which I hope you will find not only inspirational, but also piques your curiosity.

The first is Eleanor Roosevelt. Yes she served as First lady from March 1933 to April 1945 (the period of time in American history before the Constitution was amended to limit the president to two terms). She served as U.S. Delegate to the U.N. General Assembly from 1946 to 1952 and in 1961 and ’62, chaired the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

Second, we'll review the powerful TV presence Betty Ford had, both during her brief term as First Lady and even after. Due to an unexpected series of events in the Nixon Administration, Betty arrived at the White House as the unfiltered mother of four and wife of a congressman from Michigan. Just what the country needed.