Claire Danes and Martha Stewart were among the honourees at the New York Women in Film and Television luncheon on Wednesday (07Dec11).
The pair was feted at the annual Muse Awards, which celebrates prominent film and TV personalities, along with others including actress Christine Baranski and Sony Pictures Classics co-founder Marcie Bloom.
The organisation's executive director Terry Lawler told Variety.com prior to the ceremony that she hoped the prizegiving would help highlight the need for more women in Hollywood.
Lawler explains, "It seems like for years every once in a while some woman - through gargantuan efforts - has been able to make a film and then it doesn't seem to level the playing field. We're not where we want to be yet."