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“I’m just in pursuit of good work and good writers. In terms of whatever package they come in, I’m looking at scripts, I’m not looking at vaginas,” she said, bluntly.

But she and others acknowledge that women working in a demanding industry can face unique demands.

“TV is a very consuming business and it’s really hard to balance a life with that,” said Kohan, a mother of three. “If you want to have a life, it’s a very tricky equation.”

Actress Julia Ormond (“Mad Men”) also has faced the working mother quandary.

“It impacts us hugely when we’re a mom,” she said. “I can’t just up and go to (a filming) location easily without certain considerations, and I don’t think the industry has a great history of really looking at that.”

Change may have to be mandated because “industries are not good at policing themselves,” Lauzen said. But insiders say it’s also up to women to reject being treated as second-class citizens in a medium that typically broadcasts to _ and richly profits from _ a heavily female audience.

“I have really high hopes for this new generation of women because they’re not afraid. They don’t see why they should be scared or why they should put up with rape jokes in the writing room,” Hirsch said.

Others, also voicing optimism, issue a call to arms.

“Women have to get stronger and voice their opinion louder and say, `Look, I can do this and I do just as good a job and it’s time,’” said “The Young and the Restless” star Kate Linder. “It’s definitely time for that.”

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AP Writer Michael Cidoni Lennox contributed to this report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE _ Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber(at)ap.org.