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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

Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington Discuss the Difficulty of Risk-Taking As Women in Hollywood

Blanchett and Washington were honored by Women in Film at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.
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  • June 13, 2014 11:25 AM
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Why Shonda Rhimes' Upcoming Fall Drama Is Already a Hit

While Rhimes doesn't attempt to cater specifically to women, or to people of color, her approach and her shows open doors for both.
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • May 22, 2014 11:00 AM
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Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne Honored by Women in Film

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Eva Longoria, and Frozen director Jennifer Lee are the five honorees of WIF's Crystal + Lucy Awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 2, 2014 10:33 AM
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Ava DuVernay on Directing Tonight's Scandal Episode

Middle of Nowhere director and Women and Hollywood hero Ava DuVernay helmed tonight's episode of ABC's Scandal. DuVernay spoke to us about her own Scandal fandom, Shonda Rhimes' bad-assery, and why we're all addicted to Washington's fiercest gladiators.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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SNL Addresses the Lack of African American Women Straight On

Over the last couple of weeks there has been an ongoing controversy over the lack of African American women on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Variety Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Power of Women

Variety has announced the group of women they will be honoring at their 5th annual Power of Women event, which celebrates leaders in the industry and their philanthropic work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Kerry Washington Covers Vanity Fair

Kerry Washington has been covering some major magazines as of late. In May, she was on the cover of Elle and now she's on this month's cover of Vanity Fair.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Drama Actress Roundtable

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their kickoff Emmy roundtable--highlighting the achievements of actresses in a drama. Some of our favorite women were on the panel which consisted of Monica Potter (Parenthood), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Connie Britton (Nashville), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men and Top of the Lake) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 4, 2013 9:58 AM
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Kerry Washington Gives George Washington University Commencement Address

Our favorite DC fixer Olivia Pope (a.k.a. the lovely, talented Kerry Washington) gave the commencement address at George Washington University.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 21, 2013 12:45 PM
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Kerry Washington FINALLY Covers A Major Fashion Magazine

Kerry Washington is on a roll. She was in the hugely successful Django Unchained. She's in one of the hottest shows on TV as the star -- Olivia Pope -- who is in love with the President of the United States -- did you see that episode last night? Her new movie Peeples is in theaters now. She's also a huge advocate for women and is also very politically active. Basically, she's flawless.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 10, 2013 1:30 PM
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