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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 2, 2016

We’re bringing you another seasonal show, complete with unscripted live-viewing!

Today we’re going to view Super Bowl Halftime Shows that featured women performers. I am joined by M. Susan Noleen, who has a day job as a high school English teacher.

This installment features a splendid look at halftimes past and the women featured therein. Due to time constraints and the evolution of the halftime show, we'll view six halftime shows that are available on YouTube. Also, again in part due to time constraints, we are omitting performances by major artists like Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige, Brittany Spears and Carol Channing because they either performed as a medley of talent or in the case of Ms. Channing, the video just isn’t available.

We start in 1982 with the Up With People performance. Two shows in the 90s featured women in sort of lead roles, 1992 was the salute to the Winter Olympics that concluded with a performance by Gloria Estefan. The format became more focused on a single act in 1996 with Diana Ross.

Then we’ll view the 2003 halftime stages that featured Shania Twain and No Doubt, led by Gwen Stefani. Finally, the shows of the 2010s that featured women are Madonna’s in 2012 and Beyonce & Destiny’s Child in 2013.