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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 17, 2017

How the ASPCA landed McLachlan

Record-setting amount raised through a PSA

Tactics that raised visibility & invited discord

Bottom line

Dec 14, 2016

Betwitched's incredible popularity

Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher as producers

Backstory of high school writing submission

Noted woman writer Barbara Avedon helped develop the script

Holiday episode boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity

May 8, 2016

Murphy Brown & creator Diane English

Season 4, unplanned pregnancy

Colleen Dewshurst as Murphy's mother Avery Brown

Dan Quayle comments about Murphy's story arc and perception of fatherhood

Classic ensemble comedy

Poignant performance by Candice Bergen AND her hair

Mar 24, 2016

Anita Hill became a household name in an instant.

Nationally televised hearings were booster rockets for C-SPAN

#69 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of 20th Century

Aggressive questioning from men of both parties

Hill's work and legacy

Contiributor to 2003 Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New...

Jan 23, 2016

Commentary by guest & media/gender scholar Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Season 4 of Designing Women

Delta Burke's weight gain, tabloid harrassment

Rumors of Burke being "difficult to work with"

English writes "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" & Burke sends TV's first direct message about bodyshaming to the America.

"It was...