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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 5, 2017

Lessons learned in 2 years

Holidays that appear in TV plots: Christmas, not Mothers Day

Themes:

Woman's right to make her own health care decisions (Sissy Spacek's TV Movie & China Beach)

Daytime dramas & spectacles (Agnes Nixon, Levine's book & "Vulture Culture")

Careers & Legacies (Latina actress Marlene Forte, ventriloquist Shari Lewis, awesome feminist Dinah Shore)

Writer for TV (interviews with Susan Silver and April Smith)

Politics as seen in Geena Davis' Commander in Chief, Maude & the voice of Rosie O'Donnell and the women TV journalists who reported on Watergate scandal.