`She Made It' honors women's TV, radio work


She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio, an ambitious three-year initiative of the Museum of Television & Radio, officially launches Thursday with the announcement of the 2005 honorees - 50 women who were pioneers in broadcasting fields. Among them are Marlo Thomas (co-chairwoman of the initiative), Barbara Walters, Gertrude Berg, Ida Lupino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lucille Ball, Agnes Nixon, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Oprah Winfrey.

Over the next year the museum will offer screenings of work in which the honorees were involved. There will also be clips from museum seminars that the women have participated in, and the museum's radio listening room will spotlight their work in that medium.

"By the time it's done, we will have 2,000 hours of film that has been created by women," says Thomas and adds that she hopes She Made It will serve as inspiration to young women today.The museum will hold seminar series on both coasts in support of She Made It.

Susan King writes for the Los Angeles Times.

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