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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

Guest Post: "No One Would Ever Say That to Larry David": Female Showrunners and the Hypocritical Critical Edge

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with critique. Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham have said as much. But let’s call a spade a spade. As fair as some or parts of the criticisms Kaling and Dunham face are, it highlights the double standard that exists.
  • By Emily U. Hashimoto
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  • May 9, 2014 4:00 PM
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Guest Post: Write What You Don't See

I still don't see a TV show that represents the strong female friendships that I have in my life.
  • By Shannon Bowen
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  • April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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Lena Dunham's Feminist Week: From SNL to SXSW

Dunham on men's rights, female typecasting, and telling her story through "whatever means necessary."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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TV: A Preview of Girls' Third Season from TCA

Dunham isn't taking refuge from questions about nudity or the criticisms of the show’s initial lack of diversity. Rather, she came to TCA prepared to engage with them. "It's a realistic expression of what i'’s like to be alive, I think," she swatted one critic who asked why she was naked so frequently on the show.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • January 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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Why Judd Apatow Directing Amy Schumer in Trainwreck is a Great Thing

Amy Schumer "Inside Amy Schumer"
Apatow is a boy's man, but, unlike so many of the male movers and shakers in Hollywood, he's also remaking himself into a women's mentor.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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Golden Globe Noms Reflect the Status Quo of Hollywood Sexism

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards have us excited about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's return to hosting duties and... that's about it. With no women directors of live-action films or female screenwriters among the film nominees, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association inadvertently exposed the Grand Canyon-esque gender gaps in the movie industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 11:00 AM
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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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 6, 2013 6:30 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Season 3: "I'm Someone Who Can't Keep My Mouth Shut"

"Everything that's been so terrible and so painful in the last few months is leading me to this point. It's amazing to realize I hold the keys to the prison that is my mind," says Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the trailer for the third season of HBO's 'Girls.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 25, 2013 11:21 AM
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Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling Talk Feminism, Role Models, and Being the Boss

The two showrunner-stars were eager to discuss a variety of female-centric topics, including the the difficulty of confronting sexism in the media, the temptation to judge other women for hampering feminist progress, and their shared love for their mothers and Nora Ephron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 12, 2013 2:00 PM
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Must Watch: SNL Girls Parody with Tina Fey

Over the weekend, Tina Fey hosted the first new episode of the latest season of Saturday Night Live.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 11:10 AM
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