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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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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