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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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Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words

Next Monday night, HBO will end its great summer documentary series with Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words. It's a film that really lets Gloria's words throughout her life as a public figure to speak for themselves. When you see those clips from the 70s and hear what she was saying you realize, if you didn't already know it, that she is a revolutionary.
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  • August 10, 2011 4:00 AM
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Feminist Quote of the Day: Brit Marling

When talking to the Salt Lake City News about the whole "it girl" thing:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 9, 2011 1:34 AM
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Guest Post: Why we Need More “Warrior Princesses” Like Hermione Granger by Natalie Wilson

Don’t hate me Potterites, but I would have preferred the Harry Potter series had been instead the Hermione Granger series. Yes, I know J.K. Rowling says Harry popped into her head as wizarding protagonist and that she didn’t set out to create a male lead. I also realize the saga is brimming with strong female characters (as detailed here and here). Yet, given that male protagonists still vastly outnumber female ones, I wish Hermione was the girl who lived at the center of the saga.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 18, 2011 4:06 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Emma Watson

I saw the final Harry Potter film last night and there is one moment where you see Emma Watson in a scenes from the first film and it makes you remember how young all these actors were when they took on the roles. Watson has grown up before our eyes through 8 films and from her recent comments, it seems that she has turned out quite great.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Romola Garai

The 28-year-old busy actress (soon to be seen in One Day) is now appearing onstage in London at the Royal Court in The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner. In an interview with the London Evening Standard she talked about a variety of things including how gender politics has become "the binding theme of her work." (who says that?)
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  • July 1, 2011 1:50 AM
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Eva Gabrielsson in Conversation With Gloria Steinem

Eva Gabrielsson came to the US to promote her book There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me and she stopped at the 92nd Street Y and had a conversation with feminist Gloria Steinem. Here's a bit:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 30, 2011 1:39 AM
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!Women Art Revolution directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson Opens in NYC Today

There are not many films that are able to show the development of a true revolution and Women Art Revolution is one of them. It shows how feminism affected women's art and how art affected feminism. The art and the interviews that make up this extraordinary film are a history -- or a herstory -- of our time. Most of the women in the film you haven't heard of, but their work has changed our culture and I thank them for it.
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  • June 1, 2011 2:15 AM
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The Jury Awards - International Women's Film Festival 2011

The International Women's Film Festival concluded last evening in Dortmund, Germany. Over 8,000 people saw movies, went to concerts, and went to workshops over the last five days. Pretty impressive number. I had the honor of being on the jury for the international feature competition which awarded a 25,000 euro prize to Attenberg written and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. (I got a short interview with Tsangari at the ceremony. I will post it later this week when I am back and have access to unlimited data uploads.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2011 11:30 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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Feminists Characters Fall Out of Contention for Awards Consideration

In early October I wrote a post talking about all the great feminist characters that were going to be seen on screen throughout the fall. I was really hopefully that several of them would make it through to awards season so that we could talk not only about the great women playing these characters, but get to talk about the characters themselves.
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  • January 20, 2011 11:01 AM
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