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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Co-Host Golden Globe Awards

In contrast to the Oscars which went with Seth MacFarlane as its host, The Golden Globes went for peak vagina by announcing that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting their 70th anniversary show on January 13.  
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 16, 2012 9:30 AM
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New TV Projects From a Host of Women Including Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler

If all this television news continues, we are in for a lot of promising sounding female centric, female produced and female written shows. This time around Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler, Rachel Harris & Angela Kinsey are producing and creating shows for CBS, The CW, Comedy Central and Fox.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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Hollywood Stars Stand Up for Reproductive Freedom

Love this. Sign the petition Draw the Line from the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 9, 2012 3:00 PM
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Approaching Peak Vagina: Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler Score Rare Female Double Emmy Writing Nominations

The Emmy nominations were released yesterday.  There is a lot of good news to recognize most especially the fact that two women -- Lean Dunham and Amy Poehler -- were nominated for their comedy writing.  According to Nellie at Deadline having two women nominated for comedy writing is a big and not very frequent deal.  The last time it happened was a decade ago. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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TV Critics Organizations Roll Out Their Nominees

The Critics Choice Television Awards and the Televisions Critics Association have both released their list of nominees.  It is clear that the critics in both organizations love Downtown Abbey, Homeland, Breaking Bad, New Girl and Girls.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 7, 2012 10:46 AM
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Amy Poehler's Message to Lawmakers

Could I love her anymore?  Doubtful.  If you haven't seen her segment from SNL that this came from, watch it here.  
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2012 9:25 AM
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Comedians Take on the Contraception Issue

These are worth watching.  Just goes to show that the Republicans are our comedians best friends.  
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 22, 2012 11:15 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler pens a letter in support of Planned Parenthood. Here's some of it:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 29, 2011 3:37 AM
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Bossypants Returns to SNL

The Tina Fey publicity machine of the last couple of weeks has been in full swing. She's been everywhere to sell her book Bossypants. And clearly, the publicity machine has worked because the book is number one on the best seller list.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2011 2:45 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Amy Poehler

At a dinner this week celebrating the Time 100 list, Amy Poehler seems to have stole the show by thanking her two nannies by name as important people and influences in her life. She thanked them for loving her children and helping them raise her children. She did this on behalf of all working moms. When was the last time a woman got up and thanked her nannies for what they do for families across the country and the world.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2011 1:20 AM
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