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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

Crosspost: Where’s Gamora?

“Maybe superheroes aren’t for girls, Mom.”
  • By Kira Stewart-Watkins
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  • August 11, 2014 3:30 PM
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  • 5 Comments

Want a Princess Leia Action Figure? Sorry, Disney Doesn't Sell Them

They do make figurines of random Stormtroopers and plushies of Jawa and Bantha, though.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 23, 2014 3:08 PM
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  • 14 Comments

Live-Action Barbie Movie in the Works

"Sex and the City" and "What a Girl Wants" writer Jenny Bicks will pen the screenplay.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 24, 2014 1:30 PM
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  • 0 Comments

Blockbusters with Young Action Heroines Mean Pink Weapons for Girls

The New York Times credits the success of films like "The Hunger Games," "Brave," and "Divergent" for increasing the popularity of toy guns and archery kits in every shade of pink and purple.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 1:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Blood-Boiler of the Day: TV Show Canceled for Having Too Many Smart, Interesting Girl Characters

'Tower Prep' creator Paul Dini was told by higher-ups at Cartoon Network to make his female characters "one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 19, 2013 10:00 AM
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  • 18 Comments

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