Overlooked is a recurring feature in The New York Times Obituaries section that was started on March 8, 2018 (International Women's Day) to honor remarkable people, mostly women, whose deaths had been overlooked by editors of that section since its creation in 1851. The feature was introduced with the following statement, "Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, we're adding the stories of other remarkable people". The project was created by Amisha Padnani, the digital editor of the obituaries desk, and Jessica Bennett, The New York Times's "first gender editor".
In May 2018, it was announced that The New York Times would be partnering with Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, and 3dot Productions to convert Overlooked into a scripted anthology series, with ten episodes per season, each episode dedicated to one overlooked woman. The episodes will be written and directed by women.
Almost one year into the project, its creator Amisha Padnani, announced the expansion of the series in honor of Black History Month and wrote that readers' suggestions about who to write "have yielded some of the most-read obituaries".
On March 8, 2018, the first issue published fifteen obituaries:
Ida B. Wells, (1862 - 1931), "took on racism in the deep south with powerful reporting on lynchings"
Qiu Jin, (1875 - 1907), "beheaded by imperial forces, was 'China's Joan of Arc'"
During February 2019, in honor of Black History Month, a special edition of Overlooked was dedicated to "a prominent group of black men and women" who were not examined at the time of their deaths.
Gladys Bentley, (1907 - 1960), "a gender bending blues performer who became 1920s Harlem royalty".
Scott Joplin, (1867 - 1917), "a pianist and ragtime master who wrote 'The Entertainer' and the groundbreaking opera 'Treemonisha'.
Margaret Garner, (1833 - 1858), "who killed her own daughter rather than return her to the horrors of slavery".
Major Taylor, (1878 - 1932), "a world champion bicycle racer whose fame was undermined by prejudice".
Zelda Wynn Valdes, (1905 - 2001), "a fashion designer who outfitted the glittery stars of screen and stage".
Alfreid Hair, (1941 - 1970), "a charismatic businessman who created a movement for Florida’s black artists".
Nina Mae McKinney, (1912 - 1957), "an actress who defied the barrier of race to find stardom in Europe".
Moses Fleetwood Walker, (1857 - 1924), "the first black baseball player in the big leagues, even before Jackie Robinson".
Since its introductory issue composed of fifteen obituaries, the feature has continued to be a part of The New York Times Obituaries section, publishing a new obituary weekly. The online titles of these obituaries start with the phrase, "Overlooked no more", followed by the name of the person and a short phrase that summarizes the contributions by the person.
Mabel Grammer, "whose brown baby plan found homes for hundreds", published February 6, 2019 
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