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What happens when you stick six of the funniest women in Hollywood into a Manhattan studio together? A candid conversation about everything from feminism to fame to getting death threats on Twitter. 

The Hollywood Reporter recruited Lena Dunham (Girls), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Gina Rodriquez (Jane The Virgin), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) to be a part of their annual gathering of Emmy-contending comedy actresses for a roundtable discussion about their Hollywood experiences. 

The actresses shared everything from their most mortifying moments to the most sexist situations they've faced in the business (Dunham recounted an experience of a guy on her show saying, "I hate this job. I can't wait to be back on a show where there's a man at the helm" right into his microphone).  

A major theme of the conversation was the lack of respect that women get in the industry. 

Kemper best summarized the experience, saying  "The circles in which we run, there's an understanding that there's no difference in what women can bring to comedy. But there's a huge portion of the country that this is still news to. There are a lot of men who fly business class still rooted in the idea that women aren't funny."

Schumer argued that the lack of respect was do to the fact that people hate women.

"I don't think they want to hear a woman talk for too long. A lot of people project their mom yelling at them. My [career] has been about tricking people into listening. I'm not saying all men hate women, but there's such an aggression."

This aggession can be observed in other anecdotes from the discussion, such as Ross' experience of not dressing revealing enough in an audition for a Harvard educated lawyer and the uproar Dunham faced when how much money she was receiving to write her book Not That Kind Of Girl was leaked to the press. 

To read the rest of the funny ladies' round table discussion make sure to check out The Hollywood Reporter

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