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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

Update to Romola Garai's Campaign Against Tesco

Romola Garai's support of UK Feminista's and Object's Lose the Lads' Mags campaign has paid off - both the Co-op and Tesco have capitulated, albeit in limited terms.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • August 6, 2013 10:37 AM
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Romola Garai Takes on Sexist Magazines

Romola Garai, star of The Hour, is taking a stand against U.K.'s "Lads" Mags.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 11:42 AM
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Guest Post: A Response to "This Woman is Too Fat for Hollywood?"

Recently Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood wrote a blog entitled "This Woman is Too Fat For Hollywood?" Consider this a response to the aforementioned article.
  • By Liz Manashil
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  • January 8, 2013 10:50 AM
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  • 13 Comments

This Woman Is Too Fat for Hollywood?

I love Romola Garai.  First, she's a good actress.  She's just so excellent in The Hour which is written by Abi Morgan.  Second, she knows that she needs to be in magazines and make appearances in order to have a successful acting career.  But being the feminist that she is she doesn't let any of that take away from her knowing that this shit is all messed up.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 8, 2012 9:43 AM
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  • 48 Comments

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Romola Garai

The 28-year-old busy actress (soon to be seen in One Day) is now appearing onstage in London at the Royal Court in The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner. In an interview with the London Evening Standard she talked about a variety of things including how gender politics has become "the binding theme of her work." (who says that?)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 1, 2011 1:50 AM
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