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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Hedy Lamarr: Way More Than Just a Pretty Face

Hedy Lamarr was a big Hollywood star in the 40s.  But what most people don't know is that she was also an inventor.  An inventor who created a gudiance system for torpedos using frequency hoping which today is used in GPS and wireless phones.  She received a patent for her work, but it was still dismissed by the navy and she never made any money from it.  So she basically signed it away to the navy.  You can read all about Hedy Lamarr in the new book Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 5, 2012 11:30 AM
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