Last night, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart won its ninth Emmy in a row for outstanding variety, music or comedy series. The show also won a writing award, the acceptance of which prompted New Yorker television critic Nancy Franklin to tweet, "Jon Stewart's writing staff: 14 men and — wait for it — 2 women! Practically a NOW convention." (There were several more women onstage, producers, for the category award.)
The Emmys are the most public airing, and celebration, of a television show's writing staff, so it's natural to look for symbolism. And as we reported last year, their acceptance has previously been used as a cudgel — in 2003 Stewart notoriously didn't allow co-creator Madeleine Smithberg onstage to accept the award, after tensions that eventually led her to quit.