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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 connects the dots of TV and feminism with American politics and culture. 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

Mar 5, 2017

China Beach (1988-1991) was a high quality, expensive series about the Vietnam War as seen through eyes of American women. This podcast episode is about"Holly's Choice" from third season, which featured Ricki Lake as Holly, the donut dolly

Drama unfolds in reverse, a powerful writing tactic if it executed well, which it was. We explore the many layers of meaning stories of war often weave, this time the difference of value of military lives and civilian lives, as seen through the lives of medical professionals, soldiers and women.

Marg Helgenberger earned an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Cynthia discusses her excellent acting and impeccable hair!