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Number of TV’s Female-Led Sitcoms Down

As the number of sitcoms that dot primetime TV lineups has declined, so has the number of women at the helm of a half-hour comedy, says Variety [1]. While female-led hour-long dramedies, such as "Desperate Housewives," "Ugly Betty" and "Grey’s Anatomy" have thrived, the same cannot be said of sitcoms. Highlighting only a handful of comedies led by women – including "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "30 Rock" – Variety reporter Michael Schneider suggested several possible reasons for the decline: There are few female comedy writers and producers in Hollywood, young men are thought to shun women-led comedies and actresses don’t want to act like goofy, Lucille Ball-ish comediennes. (June 2007)Ask and Ye Shall Receive: A survey commissioned by Working Mother [2] magazine  recently found that of the 69 percent of working mothers who requested alterations in their work arrangements, 74 percent were granted their wishes, which included requests for flex-time and telecommuting. (June 2007)

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