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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

Feb 1, 2019

Judy Garland's career in the 50s was made up of concerts, films and having kids. We explore why she resisted TV until her concert performances resurrected her career and confidence, resulting in a historic contract with CBS. Cynthia and Chicago-based, Emmy-nominated performer and Garland Scholar Angela Ingersoll exchange feminist insight.
1955 Ford Star Jubilee TV show <link>

Coyne Steven Sanders (1990) The Judy Garland Show: Rainbow's End <link>
Category: Careers & Legacies