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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 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 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

Season of the Witch: Conjuring Strength Through Power

It's the season of the witch, both in the sense that it's Halloween, and that supernatural sisters are in the midst of a huge comeback. Meryl Streep's playing the Witch in a movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • October 31, 2013 2:06 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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TV Trailer Watch: American Horror Story: Coven - Starring Jessica Lange

The next chapter in the horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, boasts an insanely talented female cast from American Horror Story veterans like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe to new additions who also happen to be some of the great actresses working today like Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone and Angela Bassett.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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