Even though women writers forged many key genres of primetime postwar television—including the situation comedy, the comedy-variety program, and the anthology drama—their collective efforts have been largely ignored in histories of television’s first Golden Age.
Naya Rivera’s tragic passing earlier this year has prompted many to look back on her legacy on “Glee.” In the years since its departure from the airwaves, Rivera’s portrayal of Santana Lopez is still making an impact in the lives of lesbian and bi women. As one of the few lesbian TV characters to ultimately have a happy ending, her story was ground-breaking and impactful from start to finish.
a shockingly low 12 percent of mainstream superhero comics have female leads. The women that do get to grace the pages and screens are often stereotyped tokens—either brutalized or oversexualized. It’s clear, then, that female superhero representation is dramatically lacking—which is why Ms. writer Lisa Niver was excited to speak with Brec Bassinger, the newest and youngest superhero to represent DC Comics on television.
“Killing Eve,” “High Life” and “The Wind” feature female leads seeking thrills—and show us the danger of trying to put women in their place.
What makes a portrayal of abortion on television revolutionary?
“Shrill” is a love letter to all the women and girls who have been taught their entire lives that they should never love themselves because of the size of their bodies. And it’s exactly what we were waiting for.
“Catastrophe,” “Shrill” and “The Inventor” complicate cultural ideas of womanhood—and pull us into three unique women’s stories.
The magic-wielding academic queers are at it again in season three of Brujos—and this time, they’re incorporating even more witchy content about sexually non-conforming people of color.
“Once upon a time, there were women. Then they became fed-up women. Then they became Congresswomen.”
“One Day at a Time,” “Song of Parkland” and “Pen15” bring modern girlhood—and activism—into sharp focus.