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Gag girl anniversary marks growth of funny women

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Tina Fey pictured as her character from "30 Rock," Liz Lemon. (Photo by Mary Ellen Mathews, courtesy of NBC Universal, Inc.)

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This 1928 item from "Variety" announces the employment of Beth Brown, Hollywood's first female gag writer. (Photo courtesy of Variety)

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It's been 80 years since Variety considered it big news that a studio hired a female gag writer. Since then, funny women have long smashed through the glass ceiling, although some argue they've not come far enough.


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