Reproductive Health and Access in Storytelling

Event Date:

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Panel discussion at TV Academy

Panel at the TV Academy drew storytellers and experts to discuss how entertainment has influenced attitudes and access to safe reproductive choice and women’s healthcare. Photo by Dan Steinberg

Hollywood, Health & Society and the TV Academy co-sponsored a special panel discussion, “The Power of TV: Reproductive Health and Access in Storytelling,” on how entertainment has influenced attitudes and access to safe reproductive choice and women’s healthcare.

The Nov. 7 event drew storytellers and experts that explored TV’s depiction of the topics through the years—from Maude to Murphy Brown to Jane the Virgin and Dear White People


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Guest speakers included:

Janine Sherman Barrois, showrunner, Claws; executive producer, Criminal Minds; co-executive producer, ER.
Dorothy Fortenberry, writer/co-producer, The Handmaid's Tale; writer, The 100.
Amanda Lasher, showrunner, The Bold Type; co-executive producer, Riverdale and Gossip Girl
Hayley Schore, co-creator and writer, The Resident; writer, Code Black
Gretchen Sisson, PhD, research sociologist, UC San Francisco

Logan Browning co-star of Dear White People, served as the moderator.

The panel was held at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center (Governors Room), 5210 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.