Girls on television

The Museum of Radio and Television celebrates television made by women.


Rebecca Traister
December 5, 2005 7:32PM (UTC)

A reminder that this is the week the Museum of Television & Radio is launching "She Made It," a program dedicated to "bringing the significant contributions of women in television and radio to the forefront."

It's a terrific idea. As museum chairman Frank Bennack points out in his letter about "She Made It," "entire genres of programming were created by women, and programming divisions run by them."

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The list of the first 50 honorees (more will be added over the next three years) is pretty varied. It includes radio actress Fanny Brice; Bertha Brainard, the first head of programming for NBC radio in the late 1920s; radio journalist Dorothy Thompson; director Ida Lupino; soap opera goddesses Irna Phillips and Agnes Nixon; "That Girl" Marlo Thomas; choreographer, director, producer and "Fame" actress Debbie Allen; PBS and NPR correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault; former Nickelodeon executive and Oxygen founder Geraldine Laybourne; "Sex and the City" bigwig Sarah Jessica Parker; and, naturally, Oprah.

The celebration of "She Made It" began last Thursday and continues through this week.


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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