Women and American Television
An Encyclopedia
by Denise Lowe
January 2000, 513pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-87436-970-0
$83, £62, 70€, A119

Why are Connie Chung, Leslie Stahl, and other reporters known as “the class of ’72”? Who was the first woman network president? Was the lead character of The Mary Tyler Moore Show a new role model for women’s independence or just another incarnation of the subservient “traditional” female of 1950s sitcom fare?

This work presents more than 400 A–Z entries on the individuals, programs, media innovations, and broad topics that tell the story of women's involvement both in front of and behind the television camera.

From thought-provoking trends to entertaining trivia, this delightfully illustrated A–Z encyclopedia covers it all: Gracie Allen, Ally McBeal, Asian women, black sitcoms, cable TV, the Emmys, tabloid and talk shows, older women on television, Penny Marshall, Our Miss Brooks, Jane Pauley, soap operas, Jamie Tarses, That Girl, Oprah Winfrey, and more.

Although limited to the role of women in and on television, Women and American Television is notable for unearthing the more obscure personalities and programs not covered by other television encyclopedias. Includes cross references, bibliography, helpful appendixes, and a subject index.


  • A–Z entries range from Gracie Allen and Ally McBeal to talk shows and soap operas
  • Includes cross references, a bibliography, helpful appendixes, and a subject index
  • Delightfully illustrated
Denise Lowe is a professional researcher and writer specializing in American women and popular culture.


"This is of interest to larger libraries with collections in careers, broadcasting, and women's studies."—Reviewer's Bookwatch, March 1, 2000

"Compelling biographical sketches of 429 women in U.S. television. Lowe covers both controversial, groundbreaking series, and popular programs, whether long-running or short-lived, considering social context and the protrayal of women; she is careful to assess the depiction of Asian, black, Hispanic, and rural female characters. This is of interest to larger libraries with collections in careers, broadcasting, and women's studies."—Library Journal, Starred Review, February 15, 2000

"This volume is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and particularly notable for its inclusion of little-known mavericks from the early days of the medium. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries."—Booklist, March 1, 2000

"The volume contains a great deal of useful information for the general reader interested in television and women, and it will likely receive heavy use in libraries where undergraduates write term papers on (ever) popular culture topics."—Feminist Collections, April 1, 2001
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