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Trailblazing Female Film & Televion Directors Everyone Should Know (Photo Gallery)

This year, a record number of women are nominated for directing at the 2013 Emmys. Of this season's 10 Emmy nods for directing episodic television, fully half recognize women — three for comedy and two for drama. There are also two women nominated in the movies and miniseries category which brings the total up to seven. It's the most in the history of the awards.

While it's exciting, it's also a time to think about how the industry had been incredibly slow to admit women to the ranks of episodic television directors and filmmaking in general. The LA Times writes that "Of more than 3,100 episodes of television in the 2011-12 season (the most recent for which data are available from the Directors Guild of America), just 15% were directed by women." MAKER Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter believes "it's not statistically possible that there are so few qualified women. It's sexist."

While this year's record breaking Emmy nominations for female directors indicate that film and television are making strides in the right direction, more attention should continue to be paid to the incredible accomplishments made by women in a industry that has persisted to resist a closing of the gender gap.

For that reason, we take a look at some trailblazing female directors that any film buff should know about. Take a look! And good luck to the Emmy nominated directors!