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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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Nicole Kidman Goes All Feminist at Variety Awards

Nicole Kidman was honored at this year's Variety Power of Women awards for her work with UN Women to advance the rights of women and girls across the world.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2013 12:07 PM
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Natalie Portman Teams with Marvel for STEM Mentoring Program for Girls

Natalie Portman has teamed up with Marvel to announce the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, a mentor program/contest that gives girls the opportunities to interview women working in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 3, 2013 3:00 PM
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Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Goes on a Hunger Strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the jailed members of Pussy Riot, has gone on a hunger strike to protest inhumane conditions in the prison that she is serving her sentence in.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 1:00 PM
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Variety Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Power of Women

Variety has announced the group of women they will be honoring at their 5th annual Power of Women event, which celebrates leaders in the industry and their philanthropic work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Mariska Hargitay to Make Documentary on Rape Kit Backlog

Mariska Hargitay is working on a documentary, slated to shoot within the next two months, about the backlog of untested rape kits in this country. The project has a producer but they are currently looking for a director.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 6, 2013 12:00 PM
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Malala Yousafzai To Be Subject of New Documentary

The extremely brave Malala Yousafzai will be the subject of a new documentary by Davis Guggenheim which will focus on her life and work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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Angelina Jolie Goes to the UN Security Council

Angelina Jolie took a seat before the UN Security Council to speak out against rape against women in war zones. Jolie is an ambassador for the UN high commissioner for refugees, and this was the first time she appeared before the Security Council to restify.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women Directed and Centric Films Playing at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off on June 13th with a great line up of women directed and centric films. Held in New York, the festival will be showing 18 documentaries and two fictional features including the opening film Anita, directed by Freida Mock, which is about Anita Hill.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 11, 2013 11:45 AM
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Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Florence Welch Headline Feminist Benefit Concert

Chime for Change, an organization that promotes education, health and justice for women founded by Beyonce, Salma Hayek and Gucci designer, Frida Giannini, held a concert Sound of Change over the weekend in London.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 3, 2013 4:51 PM
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