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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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Lauren Season 2 Premieres on WIGS

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  • May 3, 2013 3:01 PM
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WIGS Announces New Season and New Series

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 12, 2013 1:11 PM
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A Eulogy for The Chicago Code

I watched the Chicago Code for Jennifer Beals. I watched it because she played the Chicago police superintendent which made her the highest ranking female on the force. I continued to watch it for her battle of wills with Alderman Gibbons played wickedly by Delroy Lindo. I liked it because they made her a complicated character and as the first female and bi-racial leader she did have to be better than the guys and above reproach. I loved how she worked with her former partner Jarek Wysocki to try and bring down the bad guys. I loved that she didn't care that people all assumed that they slept together. I also loved that some of the great young actors from Friday Night Lights are continuing to play cool parts like Matt Lauria did on this show.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 3, 2011 1:00 AM
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