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Besides great plots and acting, one of the reasons folks like watching Shonda Rhimes’ shows is that they celebrate diversity. Her characters have different backgrounds, races, sexual orientations and religions that reflect today’s world.

And Rhimes’ push for diversity on TV is not going unnoticed by her peers in the industry. She and her business partner, Betsy Beers, will be honored by the Directors Guild of America for providing jobs and other opportunities for women and minorities. They will receive the 2014 Diversity Award, which is such a prestigious honor that its only been awarded four times in the organization’s 66-year history, reports Essence magazine.

“In the decade that Shonda and Betsy have been creating and producing buzzworthy television, their record of diverse hiring has been consistently outstanding at a time when very few television series meet that standard,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “As a result, they have impacted the careers of dozens of women and minorities—they’ve made stars not only in front of, but behind the camera as well.”

According to Rhimes, who said she’s honored to be recognized, it’s important to continually create shows that reflect the world we all live in.

The Award will be given to Rhimes and Beers on January 25th at DGA’s 66th annual awards.

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