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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

The Women of 12 Years a Slave

As a child my mother, an anthropologist, informed me that my great uncle's mother disappeared from the shores of Lake Victoria or Nam Lolwe, as we call it, when he was a boy. My great great aunt was likely captured during the thriving East African slave trade.
  • By Agunda Okeyo
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  • October 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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Sarah Paulson Talks 12 Years a Slave and Being a Woman in Hollywood

Sarah Paulson is excited about this year's Oscar race. "There are probably 10 women who could be nominated for Best Actress. When do we ever have that?" says the actress.
  • By Kristal Cooper
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  • October 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Bad Girls of American Horror Story: TV's Most "Unlikeable" Women

At the American Horror Story: Coven premiere last weekend, Women and Hollywood asked creator Ryan Murphy how he goes about creating such complex and interesting female characters for the show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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