How Women Are Leading the Emmys

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Just maybe, the women in the show business might outshine the men this time around.

All eyes are on the 2015 Emmy Awards as seven shows nominated for best comedy or drama feature female leads — a huge achievement when women remain largely unrepresented in Hollywood. Behind the scenes, women make up just 23% of creators and 26% of executive producers on network television (a three point bump from last year).

Even with the recent surge in nominations, Hollywood has a long way to go: only three female writers or directors were nominated in the comedy and drama categories. But those nominees, Tina Fey (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), and Jill Soloway (Transparent), are a big factor in making the television world more friendly toward women. A recent study found that female show runners also run more gender-balanced staffs, giving women a more equal opportunity at the small screen.

So which fabulous female leads and creators were nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards? Watch this video to find out.

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