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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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Women and Hollywood

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"Here's the story that gets told: The men get to be the heroic, skilled athletes and the women just get to be pretty."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 14, 2014 2:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

When the Little Gals Get Stepped On: How Huff Po Stole from Women and Hollywood

Writers, beware: Your writing can be stolen at anytime.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 18 Comments
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Happy Holidays

Women and Hollywood is taking a break this week
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 23, 2013 7:19 AM
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We Are Mis-Represented

Great video from the folks at The Representation Project proving that there is still so much work to do.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 5, 2013 1:54 PM
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  • 0 Comments
More: Media, Sexism

Nikki Finke Gets the Last "Toldja" in Funny or Die video

A fake trailer for a suspense thriller stars Jean Smart as Nikki Finke, who is recast as a suburban mom and a brave journalist ("only one blogger has the courage to tell the truth"), while her former boss Jay Penske is the backstabbing Goliath seeking to shut her down ("sometimes the blogosphere can become... a terror dome").
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 3, 2013 11:02 AM
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  • 3 Comments

Katie Couric is the New Face of Tech

Mayer hired Couric as her search-engine firm's new "Global Anchor." In a press release, Yahoo stated that the news pioneer "will help develop Yahoo News' coverage with a growing team of global correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and thought leaders, and much more."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 12:00 PM
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  • 0 Comments

Essence Magazine Launches Short Film Competition

Essence is encouraging filmmakers to counter those demeaning images by creating their own in the form of a short film competition. Submissions should feature "an image of a Black woman in a unique, refreshing way" in twenty minutes or less.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 6, 2013 2:30 PM
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Nancy Gibbs to be First Female Managing Editor at Time Magazine

Nancy Gibbs has been named the Managing Editor at Time Magazine, the first woman to hold that position in the 90 year history of the publication.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 18, 2013 11:11 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Taking a Break

We are all taking the week off from blogging and from social media. We'll be back after Labor Day. Have a great week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 26, 2013 9:48 AM
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  • 2 Comments
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Forbes Names Women and Hollywood One of the 100 Best Websites for Women

Women and Hollywood was just named one of the 100 Best Websites for Women by Forbes. We are incredibly honored and humbled by this honor for the third year in a row!
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2013 1:45 PM
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  • 5 Comments
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