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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

Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Celebs Stand Up for Planned Parenthood

As the budget battle continues one of the last sticking points is Title X funding which covers family planning funding (and not abortion funding.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 8, 2011 2:16 AM
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Happy 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Here's to hoping there is a time when women are treated equally. When we don't have to fight twice as hard for half the pie. For girls to be able to go to school without regard for being assaulted. For girls and women not to be sold into slavery just because they are girls and women. For women's voices and visions to count as much as men's. For people to remember to respect others no matter what color, gender or belief.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2011 2:30 AM
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Check Out Tina Brown's First Newsweek Cover

Bold move. The first female Newsweek editor puts a woman (Hillary Clinton) on her first cover.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 7, 2011 3:03 AM
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  • 8 Comments

Opening Night at the Athena Film Festival

Pepsico's WIN (Women's Inspiration Network) was one of the sponsors of the Athena Film Festival. They took some great footage and edited together short pieces throughout the weekend. Here's the piece from opening night.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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More: Advocacy

Angelina Jolie in Afghanistan

Bravo for her to keep raising awareness about the plight of refugees. It's heartening that not everyone in the world knows who she is and that she could care less. At the end of the piece the little girls ask where she comes from and she says I come from America, from California.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 3, 2011 2:29 AM
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More: Advocacy

From Feminist Frequency: Women's Stories, Movies and the Oscars

This video completely speaks for itself. Think about it as you watch the Oscars.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 3:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Geena Davis: Gender Stereotypes Remain Deeply Entrenched in Today's Entertainment...

Yesterday, The United Nations celebrated the launch of a new agency -- UN Women -- which combines all the different women's organizations under one leader, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The agency has a $500 million yearly budget and the goal is to press governments around the world for a "new era of gender equality."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2011 2:56 AM
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Guest Post: Advocating Through Film by Maria Cuomo Cole

As an advocate, I have always believed that the most effective change rises from constituents and communities. In the same way, it is the personal stories of challenge and triumph that serves as the true voice of most social issues.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 23, 2011 3:47 AM
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Helen Mirren Kicks Ass At the Women in Entertainment Breakfast

My day is made. You have to watch this video. I love this woman.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 8, 2010 10:23 AM
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More: Advocacy

Paramount Pictures Has a Gender (and Race) Problem

The folks at Racebending who advocate for just and equal opportunities in film and TV, have been tracking race issues related to the recently released film The Last Airbender. While doing their research they have revealed some disturbing trends at Paramount Studios, the studio which released the film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 14, 2010 3:37 AM
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