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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

Aug 26, 2015

Serial drama genre's appearance in prime time in the 70s: Dallas and Falcon Crest

Audience bait - acclaimed film actresses Barbara Bel Geddes and Jane Wyman

Bel Geddes bio

Wyman bio

Comparison of roles - older woman with quiet power vs. older woman with vocal, aggressive agency

Representation of older woman

Aug 19, 2015

Debbie Allen, actress, choreographer, business-owner, director, producer, writer

Growing up in the segregated south

Influenced by her mom

Howard University

Role of Lydia Grant in Fame the Movie, then the TV Series

Fame plots - urban teen, coming-of-age

Emphasis in A Different World



Aug 12, 2015

Winnie Holzman, lead writer

Paley Center interview with Claire Danes & Bess Armstrong

Angela: teenage philosopher & asker of rhetorical questions

Timeless teenage angst

Theory on halted production in light of cancellation




Aug 8, 2015

King emerges as "Mother Freedom"

Reigning women's tennis champ Margaret Court loses to Bobby Riggs on Mother's Day

Competition with no assurances

Akin to the Super Bowl

Resource: Selena Roberts' 2005 A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs and the Tennis Match that Leveled the...