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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

Sep 22, 2015

To have any basic understanding of the evolution of women in TV is to know just how important the show Cagney and Lacey, which aired from 1981 to 1988, was and is. This installment focuses on the show's pilot, which in one evening changed TV for women. Forever.

It gave women opportunities behind the camera. Barbara Corday and Barbara Avedon were powerhouses. The show's quality was such that the two female leads captured the leading actress in a drama Emmy for six consecutive years. Getting this single episode to air was the result of resilience, vision, commitment, patience and moxie.

Making history is rarely easy, but the story has to start somewhere.