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TV is a vast wasteland for women, and the Emmys prove it
TV is a vast wasteland for women, and the Emmys prove it

Something interesting happened on the way to the modern Emmy Awards. Two aisles were created in the acting category: one for men and one for women. The awards didn’t start out that way. At the first Emmy ceremony in 1949, there were only three categories — best film, most popular tv program, and most outstanding television personality. The nominees for the latter were three women, two men and a dummy. (Shirley Dinsdale won, along with her puppet, Judy Splinters.) It was two years later, in 1951, that the acting categories were added, in genderized form. Interestingly, Betty White was nominated for an Emmy then, as she is again this year — 63 years later. She can count seven Emmys in...

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