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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

Jane Fonda Talks About Her Life on the Eve of the Release of Peace Love and Misunderstanding

I'm the lucky girl who gets to go to the premiere tonight. Here she is talking to CBS This Morning. The film opens on Friday.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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Jane Fonda Receives Sherry Lansing Leadership Awards

At the Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast in LA last week, Jane Fonda who has been an advocate for women and girls issues for many years -- first by starting the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and for being a co-founder of The Women's Media Center -- received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Here's her speech.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 12, 2011 9:23 AM
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Jane Fonda to Receive 2011 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 2, 2011 1:31 AM
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QVC Bans Jane Fonda From Promoting Her New Book

It's not like Jane Fonda was going to go on QVC to promote god-forbid feminist issues, she was going on QVC to promote her new book Prime Time: Love; Health; Sex; Fitness; Friendship; Spirit; Making the most of all of your life which comes out in early August.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 18, 2011 2:00 AM
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Eve Ensler to Make Directing Debut With The Other Side Starring Jane Fonda

Vagina Monologue writer and V-Day activist Eve Ensler will be making her directorial debut on The Other Side a film that will also focus on the epidemic of rape in the Congo.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2011 3:10 AM
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