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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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Amy Schumer and the Women of Broad City: Paving the Way for a Female "Golden Age"

Together, they constitute a before-and-after picture of female empowerment: Schumer as a wry thirtysomething chronicler of the last gasps of mainstream sexism, and the "Broad City" broads as twentysomething characters who never really considered it a thing.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 7, 2014 10:44 AM
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Why Judd Apatow Directing Amy Schumer in Trainwreck is a Great Thing

Amy Schumer "Inside Amy Schumer"
Apatow is a boy's man, but, unlike so many of the male movers and shakers in Hollywood, he's also remaking himself into a women's mentor.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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Guest Post: The Evolution of Women in Comedy: From Mary Tyler Moore to Amy and Mindy

Treva Silverman had spent most of her 30 years wanting to be funny and female -- and allowed to do so in public, maybe even collect a buck or two for her trouble. Growing up in the 1950s in Cedarhurst, Long Island, she'd looked up to Carole Lombard and Jean Arthur, those grand dames of '30s screwball comedies, then she'd discovered, via Dorothy Parker, the idea of writing comedy for a living.
  • By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
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  • July 17, 2013 12:30 PM
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