Dunham began making films while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College. After she graduated in 2008, Dunham made Tiny Furniture, a film centered on the struggles of post-grad life. In 2010, the film won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest — Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in the movie.
In early 2012, HBO greenlit Dunham's TV series Girls, executive produced by Judd Apatow. Centered on a group of twenty-somethings living in New York City, the show’s consequent three seasons launched to critical acclaim. Dunham was nominated for three Emmys in 2012, then took home three Golden Globes for Girls in 2013. That same year, she also became the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series.
In 2014, Dunham published her first book, "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'," which she describes as a “series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up," that ultimately serves as an inspirational guidebook for millennial women.
No stranger to women's issues, Dunham, alongside her close friend and Girls showrunner, Jennifer Konner, created the publication Lenny Letter, a feminist online newsletter that was unveiled in 2015. Lenny Letter has since been discontinued. Her sophomore book effort, "Is It Evil To Be Sure?" hit bookshelves May 2016.