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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

Exclusive: Mad Men - Set Me Free

In this remix musical, the women of Mad Men get together to sing the 1966 Diana Ross hit, Keep Me Hanging On. A metaphor for both the rigid gender roles of the time and the much anticipated season of Mad Men, the mash up is an example of the ongoing connection between remix culture and new media driving TV engagement. By isolating key moments in the series where women took a stand and spoke up for themselves despite personal and social pressures, Mad Men: Keep Me Hanging On is an empowering look at the lives of these female characters as they negotiate their next steps in their lives and of course, their jobs.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 19, 2012 12:30 PM
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