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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

Trailer Watch: Fifty Shades of Grey Doesn't Bother with the Niceties

"I don't do romance."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 4:00 PM
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Beyonce Tops Forbes' 2014 Celebrity 100 List

Notably, half of the top 10 celebs on the list are women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 1, 2014 4:00 PM
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Beyoncé, Lupita Nyong'o, Nicki Minaj Among BET Awards Winners

Beyoncé was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 30, 2014 3:20 PM
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Beyonce Caps a Banner Year for Pop Feminism

It's been a great year for femme-powerment in pop.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 1:57 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Forbes Releases Top-Earning Women in Music List

Madonna didn't become the Material Girl for nothing. At 55, she's still going strong -- and making bank.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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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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Time Unveils 2013 Most Influential People in World

Time magazine has announced it's 2013 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. And it's full of extremely inspirational women from some of our favorites in entertainment like Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Shonda Rhimes to women who have bravely risked everything to change the world like the legendary Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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Beyonce Is A "Modern-Day Feminist"

Beyonce covers this month's British Vogue. In between questions about her adorable daughter, Blue Ivy, upcoming tour and husband Jay-Z, the publication asked Beyonce if she considers herself a feminist.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 8, 2013 11:00 AM
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Happy International Women's Day 2013

This year for International Women's Day I will be in Denver attending the Voices Film Festival. I will be doing a variety of events including a salon to discuss In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2013 8:36 AM
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Trailer Watch: Life Is But A Dream - Directed by Beyonce

Be prepared to bow down everyone. One of my personal queens, Beyonce, has self-directed a documentary about who she is behind the scenes. Stripping away the glamour of the stage, the doc looks at Beyonce--the woman, mother and the trappings of celebrity. It looks fascinating.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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