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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

Oct 21, 2020

In the 3rd of 4 episodes about role models and memorable characters, Cynthia and Summer delve deep into some of the most crafted, defined, distinct women characters to ever grace the dramatic small screen. They follow it up with a list of similarly refined, authentic real women – whose growth and stature have unfolded over the decades.

Dr. Camille Saroyan (Bones)

Chris Cagney and MaryBeth Lacey (Cagney & Lacey)

AnnaLiese Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

Robin Roberts (Good Morning America)

Joy Reid (The Reid Out)

Gayle King


Shonda Rhimes

Martha Stewart


Clip: Season 2 opener of Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party

Music: Jahzzar's Take Me Higher (

Summer Martin of The Unconventional Woman podcast

Editing and sound design by Catherine Yang