Peggy Charren, who founded a grass-roots advocacy group that helped revolutionize television programming for children, died Thursday at age 86 at her home in a Dedham, Mass., retirement community, The Boston Globe reports. She had long suffered from vascular dementia, according to her daughter, Deborah Charren Diehl.
Ms. Charren launched Action for Children's Television in 1968 after growing frustrated with the hyper-commercialized shows her children watched. Taking her fight to TV network offices, the Federal Communications Commission, and the halls of Congress, she was instrumental in the passage of Children's Television Act of 1990, which required stations to air educational shows for kids and limit commercials during them. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995.