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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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Jul 27, 2015

Show biz bug. Choosing to be childless

Life With Elizabeth - being the titled female in a comedy (1953-55) & a feel for where SueAnn Nivens came from. The Betty White Show x 4

Life with Allen Ludden: Game show & Hollywood power couple. Ensemble comedies: Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls & Hot in Cleveland. -...

Jul 15, 2015

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

TNT Original Series - acclaimed and high ratings. Personal and professional growth.  Resource: The Leadership Challenge by William Kouzes and Barry Posner

Jul 6, 2015

Sports Night - time capsule show during cable news' heyday & early days of the internet.

Felicity Huffman character - strong woman leader. Robert Guillaume character - mentoring leadership & journalistic integrity

Fight against corporate decisions. Advancement of women in male-dominated field. Serious issues covered in...