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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 8, 2016

It's all in the sound! Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady & pioneering communicator. How often have we gotten to hear her speak (only a bit scripted)? She appeared on Frank Sinatra's Show appearance in 1959 and recites a poem in a voice that sends chills...

Just 15 years later, Betty Ford, unapologetic feminist catapulted to the role of First Lady. Learn how the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, led to Cong. Gerald Ford's (MI) appointment.

In August 1974, President Nixon's resignation elevated VP Gerald Ford to the presidency and with him was Betty, his true partner. Betty cast a new mold for First Ladies, with her outspoken activism on health, addiction and women's issues.

Resources: Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt: Volumes 1 & 2