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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

Rashida Jones Speaks Out Against the "Pornification" of the Music Industry

Near nudity is the new normal.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 12:30 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Miley Cyrus Cuts Hair and the World Thinks She's Gone Crazy

What is it about young Hollywood women and their hair?  A couple of years ago I wrote a piece about the reaction to Emma Watson's haircut that got page views for months and months.  People were shocked that the young woman who was required to have her hair long for the Harry Potter movies would want to exhibit a sign of independence and closure from that chapter in her life by cutting her hair. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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  • 20 Comments

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