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Welcome to Advanced TV Herstory, the podcast that connects the dots of TV & feminism and American politics & culture. We tell the stories of women in TV who have had a profound impact on the confidence and aspirations of generations of girls and women.

We highlight the pioneering journalists, talented actresses, and gutsy writers who challenged societal norms and provide historical context for their achievements within the cultural and political trends of the time. By exploring the past, we ensure that the struggles, triumphs, and milestones of these women are not lost to history.

Hosted and produced by television scholar Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Advanced TV Herstory is more than just a podcast. It is a research-based examination of the evolution of television and women in our society. Each episode is an opportunity to inspire listeners to believe in themselves, challenge norms, break barriers, and shape the future of television and our world.

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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