TODAY'S WOMEN: Shonda Rhimes (USA)
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Today I am excited to bring to you the story of the iconic screenwriter and producer, Shonda Rhimes. You probably know her best as the showrunner for Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice, as well as the creator of How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal.

Shonda herself and her shows have received innumerable awards, nominations, and other recognition. She also started her own production company, Shondaland, and is a published author with her book, “Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person.” 

Just those accomplishments alone make her iconic, but it’s bigger than that: Shonda is the first African American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 Network Series and she has made and continues to make a HUGE impact on the television industry by casting her roles in inclusive, fit and relatable ways.

Shonda has always made it a priority to tell women-centric stories, with diversity in race, religion, physical ability, and more. She also often portrays women in powerful, male-dominated industries - such as law, medicine, and politics, to name a few.


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