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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.)


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.