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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

Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Florence Welch Headline Feminist Benefit Concert

Chime for Change, an organization that promotes education, health and justice for women founded by Beyonce, Salma Hayek and Gucci designer, Frida Giannini, held a concert Sound of Change over the weekend in London.
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  • June 3, 2013 4:51 PM
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Geena Davis Speaks About the Lack of Opportunities for Women in Hollywood at the MPAA

Last week, in a conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLaura, D-Conn., Geena Davis spoke to the Motion Picture Association of American about the lack of opportunities and the dismal statistics for women working in Hollywood. Davis touched upon many topics including ageism in Hollywood and citing her own experiences trying to get parts as she's aged.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 3, 2013 12:46 PM
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Lois Smith, Jessica Hecht and Paula Vogel Among the Honorees at The 4th Annual Lilly Awards

The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theatre along with Julia Jordan, Theresa Rebeck, Marsha Norman, and Tim Sanford have announced the honorees for the 4th annual Lilly Awards. The awards will be handed out this evening in NYC at a ceremony at Playwright's Horizons.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 3, 2013 11:30 AM
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Jean Stapleton - An Appreciation

All in the Family is without a doubt one of the seminal shows in TV history. It was a sitcom that defined our times. It was about a country that was struggling -- and still is struggling -- with race, class and gender. All these issues were seen through a working class family in Queens, NY.
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  • June 3, 2013 10:09 AM
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