The female TV writers and directors changing the game

Gwyneth Horder-Payton - Starting as an assistant director on 'The Shield,' Horder-Payton has since directed episodes of everything from 'Sons of Anarchy,' to 'American Horror Story,' to 'Pose.'

Melina Matsoukas - After winning awards for directing music videos, including for Beyoncé's 'Formation,' Matsoukas directed several episodes of 'Master of None' and 'Insecure.'

Tricia Brock - Brock can't be restricted to one genre, as she's directed shows like '30 Rock,' 'The Walking Dead,' and 'Girls.' She also helped set the tone for the popular show 'Silicon Valley.'

China Moo-Young - Several British TV shows including 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl,' 'Call the Midwife,' 'Humans,' and the very recent series 'The Rook' are among Moo-Young's directing credits.

Beth McCarthy-Miller - This Emmy-nominated director has made herself the go-to for anything funny, with '30 Rock,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and 'Modern Family,' under her belt.

Janet Mock - After trying out journalism and establishing herself as a transgender activist, Mock moved to TV with 'Pose,' for which she is a writer, director, and producer. 

Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch- This writing duo created 'GLOW,' and they're no stranger to writing popular female-driven stories, as their other credits include 'Weeds,' 'Nurse Jackie,' and 'Homeland.'

Issa Rae - First garnering attention for her web series 'Awkward Black Girl,' Rae really shot to fame for creating, co-writing, and starring in the hit HBO series 'Insecure.' 

Sharon Horgan - This Irish actress, writer, and producer is best known for the comedies 'Pulling' and 'Catastrophe,' both of which she starred in and co-wrote. 

Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna - These two are co-creators, executive producers, writers, and directors of the Netflix show 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' of which Bloom (left) is the star.

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson - 'Broad City' began as short videos on YouTube and blossomed into a comedy marvel, created, written by, and starring these two.

Sally Wainwright - Wainwright created and co-directed the historical eight-part drama series 'Gentleman Jack,' based on a real woman who was deemed the “first modern lesbian.”

Lena Waithe - First known for co-writing and starring in the Netflix series 'Master of None,' Waithe became the first black American woman to win an Emmy for her writing. 

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