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

Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Donna Tartt Among Baileys Contenders

Six novelists have made the women's literary prize shortlist.
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  • April 8, 2014 12:00 PM
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Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson to Adapt Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch made The New York Times Book Review's top ten books of 2013.
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  • March 10, 2014 1:12 PM
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Judy Blume and Lena Dunham on What It's Like to be Pioneers in Sexual Frankness

The two writers discuss what it's like being pioneers of sexual frankness. Apparently, it involves listening to a lot of intimate stories from fans and acquaintances.
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  • December 6, 2013 6:30 PM
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Shonda Rhimes to Publish Memoir About TV Writing and Single Motherhood

If it wasn't yet clear that Shonda Rhimes is a celebrity in her own right, here's another sign: the 'Scandal 'creator has signed a book deal, a la Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, that will detail her rise in TV and her growth as a single mom.
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  • November 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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Miranda Otto Talks About Playing Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon tells the story of the explosive love affair between Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares in 1950s Brazil.
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  • November 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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Caitlin Moran and Mary Beard Join Award Panel for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

The 2014 panel will include three new judges: bestselling author Caitlin Moran (How to Be a Woman), Cambridge classicist Mary Beard, and BBC journalist Sophie Raworth.
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  • November 8, 2013 10:30 AM
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Eleanor Catton Wins Man Booker Prize

Besides winning this year's prestigious Man Booker Prize, Eleanor Catton made history multiple times.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Guest Interview: Meg Wolitzer - Author of The Interestings

Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks with Holly Rosen Fink about the success of her latest novel, The Interestings (Riverhead Books, 2013), inspiration, sexism in the literary world, working with Nora Ephron, as well as her mother, novelist, Hilma Wolizter, and her experiences in film and television that spawned the film version of This Is Your Life.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • October 10, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award Winners Announced

The Rona Jaffe Foundation announced their 19th annual Writers' Award winners. Six emerging women writers will be awarded $30,000 each.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women Make Up Over Half of the Nominees for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, announced their shortlist earlier this week. Of the 6 nominated, 4 women and 2 men make up the list.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 12, 2013 1:15 PM
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