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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

Hollywood Feminists Fire Back at Mike Huckabee's "Gender Victim" Comments

Married women comprise the vast majority -- around 77% -- of contraception users, so I guess according to Huckabee, no woman should have sex unless she is actively trying to get pregnant. (Ew, and also, how sad.)
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 24, 2014 6:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments

'Variety' Columnist: Female Comics Shouldn't Tell Dirty Jokes

Sarah Silverman is arguably the most famous female comic working today. But she still gets no respect, at least not from Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry, who wrote an embarrassing "review" of Silverman's latest HBO special, 'We Are Miracles.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments

Happy Friday: Be Bro-Choice with Sarah Silverman

This week has been a huge news week for women's reproductive rights. From the very good-- Wendy Davis standing up and being a hero for women everywhere. To the very bad--Rick Perry attacking Davis for being a teen mother to Ohio passing a new state budget with INSANE abortion restrictions.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Trailer Watch: Take The Waltz - Co-written and Directed by Sarah Polley

This is the sophomore effort from Sarah Polley after the fantabulous Away From Her.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 20, 2012 10:01 AM
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