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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

Princess Leia and Orphan Black to Get Their Own Comic Books

Princess Leia and Orphan Black are coming to newsstands.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 25, 2014 4:00 PM
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Marvel Superhero Thor to Become Female Character in Comics

"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR," said Marvel writer Jason Aaron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 15, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments
More: Thor, Comics

Watch: How Kamala Khan Is Changing Comics and Readers

Kamala Khan isn't just the first Muslim superheroine -- she's a one-girl revolution.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 8, 2014 1:00 PM
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Marvel Introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American Superheroine

You’d never know it from Marvel’s (white) sausage-fest movies, but the comic-book company has reinvented itself in recent years as Team Diversity. Given Marvel’s track record, then, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by the company’s announcement that it will debut a teenage Muslim girl from New Jersey as its newest superhero.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 8, 2013 12:30 PM
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Batwoman Writers Quit After DC Won't Approve Lesbian Wedding

Even though Batwoman has proposed to long-time partner Maggie Sawyer twice, DC refused to allow the pair to finally marry in the comic in an upcoming issue. The writers behind Batwoman J.H. Williams III and W. Hayden Blackman announced that December's Issue 26 would be the last they would work on due to DC's refusal to allow the marriage to happen.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 11, 2013 12:05 PM
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Marvel Releases New X-Men Comic Series with All Women Cast

Here's some cool news, Marvel has just released a new X-Men series...with an all female cast led by Storm (played by Halle Berry in the films). The first comic in the new series, X-Men #1, focuses on previous female heroines in the X-Men universe working together to stop evil.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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More: Comics, X-Men

Guest Post: Marilyn Monroe Comic Book Tribute

I had written one comic book for the publisher, Bluewater Productions, which was about Elizabeth Taylor and they asked me to take on Marilyn. I said yes because I loved writing the first one so much, but I quickly realized that I had a ton of research to do if I was going to do this woman justice. Just because it's a comic book doesn't mean you don't want to tell their story in the most entertaining, respectful way you can.
  • By Dina Gachman
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  • April 30, 2013 3:29 PM
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