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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Cross-Post: We are the 40%!

Last week, a chart appeared on the popular screenwriting website Go Into the Story analyzing gender inequity among spec script sales in the American entertainment business. The figures not only show a stark disparity between the sexes but also a steady decline in spec sales among women from 14% in the 1990’s to 9% for 2011 to 2012.
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  • June 27, 2013 9:49 AM
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Watch This: The Evolution of Peggy Olson

It's no surprise that Peggy Olson, played by the wonderful Elisabeth Moss, on Mad Men is one of our favorite female characters on television. We've watched Peggy evolve from a shy secretary, to a young copywriter to the Peggy of this past season, a 29 year old copy chief who is always leaning in so hard.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 3:25 PM
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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose: We Stand With Wendy Davis

While there's much discussion about the lack of female superhero movies in Hollywood, a real life one emerged yesterday. Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was set to go through a 13 hour long filibuster of SB5--a bill that would have implemented some of the harshest abortion and women's health restrictions as well as cutting a number of women's health clinics in Texas.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 1:47 PM
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Angelina Jolie Goes to the UN Security Council

Angelina Jolie took a seat before the UN Security Council to speak out against rape against women in war zones. Jolie is an ambassador for the UN high commissioner for refugees, and this was the first time she appeared before the Security Council to restify.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women Critics Give Advice for Aspiring Critics

Every week Criticwire asks a handful of critics a question and publishes their responses. This week they asked critics what advice they would give to aspiring critics. We've highlighted the advice from the female critics.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 11:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Hot Flashes - Directed by Susan Seidelman

The Hot Flashes, directed by Susan Seidelman, follows a group of middle-aged women, all former high school basketball champions, who take up the basketball after many years and challenge the current high school team to raise awareness and funds for a mobile breast cancer service van.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 9:58 AM
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Guest Post: Wrap Up from the Human Rights Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival just ended, exhibiting some beautiful and undeniably poignant tales that are not always told, nor heard. Bringing together stories from across the globe, I've chosen four films that I believe echo and reverberate optimism in the face of fear and oppression, thereby ultimately triggering an excitement of a better future for women, everywhere.
  • By Fariha Roisin
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  • June 25, 2013 3:23 PM
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Viola Davis on the Crisis for African American Actresses

This past Sunday Oprah hosted several leading African American actresses for a conversation on OWN. There are a variety of clips available but I found this one from Viola Davis very interesting. Here's what she says: (Paraphrased a bit)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Just Like a Woman - Written by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot

Just Like a Woman, written by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot, follows two friends--Marilyn (Sienna Miller) and Mona (Golshifteh Farahani) who are both dealing with some upheavals in their lives. The pair decides to travel from their home of Chicago to Santa Fe to compete in a bellydancing competition.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Whoopi Goldberg Has Gotten Really Busy Lately

I saw Whoopi Goldberg last evening on a post screening discussion following the New York premiere of Venus Vs. which included the short film she produced on C. Vivian Stringer, Coach. Coach is such an incredibly uplifting film about a strong and great women and coach, the only woman (or man?) who has taken three teams to the final four.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2013 11:10 AM
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