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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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Ashley Judd Not Running for Senate

After months of speculation, Ashley Judd has decided to not run for senate. She used twitter and her website to release her decision. She made clear that while she has a deep commitment to Kentucky and it's people the time is not right for her to get into the race.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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Ashley Judd Speaks About Women's Rights in D.C.

As we reported last year, rumors have been swirling about Ashley Judd running for senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. While Judd still won't confirm rumors, she spoke at George Washington University in D.C. last week, her first public appearance in the city since news of the rumored beginnings of her political career began.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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A New Role for Ashley Judd: U.S. Senator?

This election cycle may be over and in this day and age not a second passes until the next cycle begins.  The speculation has begun that the always outspoken and intelligent Ashley Judd could be running for Senate in her home state of Kentucky.  Multiple outlets have already pitted Judd against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 race. It is a race that U.S. Rep John Yarmuth of Louisville thinks could be “as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown.”
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 9, 2012 3:49 PM
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Guest Post: Filming Elephant Landmine Survivors Walk on Prostheses is No Small Feat

“The Eyes of Thailand” documentary tells the true story of Soraida Salwala’s quest to help two elephant landmine survivors, Motala and Baby Mosha, walk again on their own four legs by building elephant-sized prosthetics. Narrated by Ashley Judd, the film premieres on April 28, 2012 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Soraida’s love for elephants began early. When she was 8-years old, Soraida saw an injured elephant lying on the side of the road because a truck hit it. As her family drove past, she asked, If the elephant was hurt, why couldn’t he go to the hospital?
  • By Windy Borman
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  • April 24, 2012 9:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Ashley Judd Continues the Conversation on the Misogynistic Media

Here's what she said:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 12, 2012 10:35 AM
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  • 8 Comments

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Ashley Judd

I can count on one hand -- even one finger -- an actress with a show up for renewal (btw you should watch Missing it's great and Eddard Stark is alive on that show) who spoke back against the tabloid media in a big, smart way and all of us for the recent press about her how her face looks.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 10, 2012 2:27 PM
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First Look at Ashley Judd in Missing

I know this is not the best quality, but this looks like it's going to be a good and fun show.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 25, 2012 9:20 AM
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