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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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Trailer Watch: It's All About Carrie in Season Four

A post-Brody "Homeland" lands Carrie in Pakistan.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 3:11 PM
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TV: More Female Politicos to Run the Small Screen

Call it the "Scandal" effect.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:56 AM
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The Double Standards for TV's Male and Female Politicians

The storylines of female-politican characters on 'Scandal' and 'Alpha House' are a clear and sometimes funny reminder of why men can take higher office for granted, while women still have to work twice as hard for half the respect.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • November 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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Directing the Future Panelists Are Beating the Odds

According to an oft-cited statistic, women comprise only 9% of directors in the film industry. But the participants of the "Directing the Future" panel at Pepperdine University School of Law's Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System symposium haven't let those numbers stop them.
  • By Lauren C. Byrd
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  • November 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: Homeland Season 3

The official trailer for season 3 of Homeland has been released just in time for the season premiere.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Homeland - Season 3

Check out Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in the trailer for the upcoming 3rd season of Homeland.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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Claire Danes Almost Quit Acting Due to Lack of Good Female Roles

In the August issue of Vogue, Claire Danes talks at length about her family, playing Carrie Mathison on Homeland and her preparation for that role.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 16, 2013 3:00 PM
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Barbara Hall Joining Homeland as Co-Executive Producer

  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 22, 2013 11:15 AM
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