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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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Mar 24, 2016

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams provides a short but detailed briefing on how and why Anita Hill became an instant household name. From the nationally televised hearings of the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee Hearings on the nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, Hills frank statement about sexual harassment and toxic work environments was a booster rocket for cable's C-SPAN. Hill's prepared statement ranks 69 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of 20th Century. Cynthia explains the aggressive questioning from male senators of both parties as well as Hill's work and legacy that followed the 1991 spectacle.Cynthia Bemis Abrams