Episode 202: “Advanced TV Herstory w/ Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Part Two”

In Part Two of our conversation with Cynthia Bemis Abrams, host of the “Advanced TV Herstory” podcast, we continue our discussion of feminism in American culture and its effect on television as we delve into sports, politics, female stereotypes – and the unsung feminist heroes of Hollywood’s mysterious “Secret Sisterhood”.
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The Conversation

  • WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: What stereotypes were women assigned when they made their way into the offices of America in the 1970s? (“The Seductress” and “The Iron Maiden” are just two…) and how to avoid the pitfalls of the workplace.
  • And then – what 4 archetypes do female sitcom characters often portray?
  • The Unknown Dinah Shore – everything you never knew, and then some…
  • How did the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and Title IX in 1973 change everything for women – and how the failure to pass the Equal Rights Amendment after 50 years is still holding us back…
  • The “Secret Sisterhood” in Hollywood: Does it exist? And if so -- how does it work?
  • What is known and unknown about abusers in the industry…
  • What happened when Susan convinced her science teacher to coach the girl’s soccer team – even though her teacher knew nothing about soccer!
  • Why can’t you find the actual film of the 1973 Billy Jean King/Bobby Riggs “Battle of the Sexes” anywhere? Sharon has a theory…

So join Susan and Sharon and Cynthia as they talk Lena Horne, “Grace & Frankie” – and Cynthia’s upcoming projects, including a non-fiction graphic novel!


We salute some 80s ladies we've recently lost: 

Tina Turner

Jacklyn Zeman

Eileen Saki

Barbara Bryne

Garn Stevens

Carol Locatell

Elizabeth Hubbard

N'Neka Garland

Rita Latkin

Emily Marshall

Sharon Acker

Our Audio-ography

“Men and Women of the Corporation” by Rosabeth Moss Kanter on Amazon.

“TV Female Foursomes and Their Fans: Featuring The Golden Girls, Designing Women, Living Single, Sex and the City, Girlfriends, Cashmere Mafia and Hot in Cleveland” by Wendy Burns Ardelino - on Bookshop

Cynthia Bemis Abrams podcast “Advanced TV Herstory


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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 202: “Advanced TV Herstory w/ Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Part Two”
Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem.
Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson.
Guest: Cynthia Bemis Abrams.
Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey.
Producer: Melissa Roth.
Associate Producer: Sergio Perez.
Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2022 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.