Women at the 2017 Emmy Awards

Lena Waithe, Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Reed Morano and more paved the way for women in television with their respective awards

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 18 Sep 2017

Women at the Emmys
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The 2017 Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, saw plenty of women making history and cementing their amazing career and presence in television. Here we highlight the women who brought home more than just a trophy from TV's biggest awards night.

Lena Waithe
The Master of None writer is the first black woman to have won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Although she shared her trophy with the show's co-creator Aziz Ansari, this recognition is a step forward for women of colour everywhere.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole received an Emmy in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her emotional portrayal of Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies who suffered from domestic abuse at the hands of her husband Perry Wright, played by Alexander Skarsgård.

"It's a complicated insidious disease," she said of domestic abuse. "It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. By you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Veep actress received her sixth consecutive Emmy Award for her performance as on-screen politician Selina Meyer. She's also the first actress to have been honoured with more than one Emmy for a single role (good luck topping that!).

Elisabeth Moss
The Handmaid's Tale star won her first-ever Emmy, for Outstanding Lead Actress, for her role as Offred in the Hulu drama series. The show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series while Elisabeth's co-star Ann Dowd received Best Supporting Actress.

"We've made incredible progress, but there's still a lot of work to be done," Elisabeth said. "But obviously incredible progress is being made. It's not just women in front of the camera but behind the camera... we need to see more of that."

Reed Morano
Reed directed the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and for that, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series, becoming the first woman to ever to win in the category. This is also her first Emmy win.

And finally, it would be rude to forget Donald Glover (yes, we know he's not a woman) who won two Emmys for his work in Atlanta – one for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. He's the first African-American to ever win a trophy in the first category and the first black actor to win the latter in 32 years.

"I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list," Donald said when he accepted his award. "He's the reason I'm probably up here."

Click here for the full list of winners.

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