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Author: Anne Marie Yerks

Women in TV Shows: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

America never had equivalent actresses for other kinds of television programming, so it’s interesting to look at how women in TV shows have changed drama. What stands out to me is the rise of the female detective/law enforcement officer. Consider that — back in the 1940s — the women of noir or dark drama emerged as either dead bodies, femme fatales luring men to tragedy, or sweet girls-next-door who required saving. The principal role of “brooding homicide investigator” was most certainly reserved for a man, but that has changed dramatically over the years.

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