Television: A Woman and Her Anatomy

Shonda Rhimes cracked two ceilings when she created a top TV show

Staying at home with her infant daughter, screenwriter Shonda Rhimes discovered pretty quickly that there were basically two things to do: change diapers and watch television. And watch she did--day and night, she confesses. But she found the females on TV a boring bunch. "They seemed to exist purely in relation to the men in their lives," she says. "Women I knew were competitive and a little snarky and had their share of bad days. There wasn't a show out there about women who seemed like them."

So with her daughter Harper on her lap, she hammered out the first episode of...

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