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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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Talking 20 Years of Thelma and Louise

Here's my interview on the BBC Scotland's Movie Cafe on the 20th Anniversary of Thelma and Louise.
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  • June 10, 2011 1:21 AM
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Thelma and Louise - 20 Years On

In homage to its 20th anniversary, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift recreated a scene from the film that will open the Country Music Television Awards this evening. As Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon reunited in Toronto to celebrate the film to an audience of 1,800 people.
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  • June 8, 2011 3:15 AM
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Thelma and Louise Turns 20

I can't believe that it is 20 years since Thelma and Louise was released. We still have so much work to do. This is a movie that resonated with people in a profound way, it's a movie that people still think about fondly, yet sadly it is a movie that never effected any long term change for women in Hollywood.
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  • May 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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The White House Project - Epic Awards

Last night I attended The White House Project (an organization that I was the first director of) for their annual EPIC Awards. EPIC stands for Enhancing Perceptions in Culture and it honors how important culture is to helping people understand the value of women's leadership.
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  • April 8, 2011 1:25 AM
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Thelma and Louise and What Could Have Been

When you spend so much time online one thing that suffers is off line reading. So, I am perpetually playing catch up to things that can't be read online. One of the pieces I just caught up with is "The Ride of a Lifetime" in the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair which was about the making of the groundbreaking film Thelma and Louise.
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  • March 8, 2011 4:29 AM
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Geena Davis: Gender Stereotypes Remain Deeply Entrenched in Today's Entertainment...

Yesterday, The United Nations celebrated the launch of a new agency -- UN Women -- which combines all the different women's organizations under one leader, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The agency has a $500 million yearly budget and the goal is to press governments around the world for a "new era of gender equality."
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  • February 25, 2011 2:56 AM
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