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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 33rd Susan B. Anthony Awards

Last night I was one of four people who received a Susan B. Anthony Award from the NYC chapter of the National Organization for Women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 10, 2013 12:00 PM
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Lily Tomlin on Feminism, Humor and Girls

With the release of Admission, the awesome Lily Tomlin has been popping up in the media. Seeing Tomlin reminds us of what a pioneer she has been in Hollywood ranging from her career as a comedic actress, to being an outspoken feminist, to the casual acknowledgement of her sexuality and long term relationship with Jane Wagner. Interesting tidbit. She was offered the cover of Time in 1975 if she would come out. She said no, and still got it for her work.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 28, 2013 12:30 PM
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Interview with Karen Croner - Writer of Admission

Women and Hollywood: I read that you started in the documentary world? Can you talk about how you shifted into writing?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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Admission Gives Us Some Real Feminism On Screen

Comedies today seem to always go for the broadest, raunchiest laughs. The audience is not trusted to get the comedic nuances in everyday life. That is not the case with the new film Admission written by Karen Croner, directed by Paul Weitz and based on the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 10:39 AM
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Tina Fey on her new film Admission, Feminism, Motherhood and Lily Tomlin

At a recent press conference in New York, Tina Fey said that feminism remains a factor in choosing her projects:
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • February 14, 2013 3:55 PM
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Watch This: New TV Spot for Admission starring Tina Fey

As we here at Women and Hollywood learn how to cope in a post-30 Rock world, we will be glad to see Tina Fey in everything we can.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Admission Written by Karen Croner, Starring Tina Fey

Tina Fey stars in Admission, adapted by Karen Croner from a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, a film that looks to be more of a dramatic foray for Fey. She plays a college admissions officer who receives a call from a high school teacher (Paul Rudd) who believes a student of his may be the son she gave up for adoption when she was in college.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 20, 2012 12:29 PM
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