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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

UK Classical Music Critics Fat-Shame Opera Singer

Five male writers confused a new production of Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" with a round of Hot or Not.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 21, 2014 2:13 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Opera America Announces Eight Winners of Women Composers Competition

Each winner will receive a $12,500 grant to develop her opera.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 4, 2014 10:00 AM
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Monday Morning Pick You Up: Carole King and Sara Bareilles Duet at the Grammys

Check out this amazing duet of Beautiful and Brave from Carole King and Sara Bareilles at last night's Grammy Awards
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 27, 2014 9:00 AM
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More: Music

Beyonce Caps a Banner Year for Pop Feminism

It's been a great year for femme-powerment in pop.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 1:57 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Forbes Releases Top-Earning Women in Music List

Madonna didn't become the Material Girl for nothing. At 55, she's still going strong -- and making bank.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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Rashida Jones Speaks Out Against the "Pornification" of the Music Industry

Near nudity is the new normal.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 12:30 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Why is Everyone Pointing at Me?

Film composer Laura Karpman shares her thoughts on what it's like to be the only woman in the room and have people point fingers at her -- and why that's a good thing.
  • By Laura Karpman
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  • December 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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  • 6 Comments

The Punk Singer Director Sini Anderson: "It's Not Hard to be Drawn to Kathleen Hanna's Story"

An in-depth interview with documentary filmmaker Sini Anderson, whose latest film, The Punk Singer, about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, opens on November 29.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 27, 2013 3:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Madonna and Lady Gaga Are Music's Top Earners

Pop is a woman's game. And a pseudonym is apparently a girl's best friend, since Forbes has named Madonna and Lady Gaga music's first and second highest earners, respectively.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 20, 2013 2:31 PM
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Lily Allen Calls Out Sexism in the Music Industry, Undermines Her Message with Questionable Video

"Hard Out There" criticizes the rampant sexism in the music industry from both the corporate suits and the entertainment press. And yet at the same time Allen squanders much of the feminist goodwill she would have earned with a video since she objectifies female bodies as much she satirizes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 14, 2013 4:12 PM
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