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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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Jan 27, 2017

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams explores the feminist legacy of Dinah Shore, who claimed she wasn't a feminist. Cynthia charts Dinah's early years, her radio career and the (then-radical) stands she took to ensure Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and other black performers received respectful treatment and airtime on TV and radio. As a woman with connections, she leveraged power in the 1950s that was rare. Cynthia goes on to explain how again Dinah leveraged her position to become the godmother to women's golf. Televised tournaments increased women player pay as Dinah fused her relationship with her national sponsors to add on the tournaments.Cynthia Bemis Abrams