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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

Orange is the New Black Leads Emmy Comedy Nods

And Laverne Cox becomes the first trans actress to be nominated for TV's highest honor.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 10, 2014 12:08 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Orange is the New Black Doesn't Have to Apologize for Not Including Men

How did we get to a point where we have to justify that a show by and about women like "OITNB" exists?
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • July 3, 2014 11:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments

Orange is the New Black and Fargo Tie for Most Critics' Choice Wins

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tatiana Maslany, and Allison Janney also took home trophies.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 20, 2014 4:00 PM
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Will the Female-Driven Drama Chasing Life Dare to Get Real About Leukemia?

"Chasing Life" has the potential to carve out a new niche by shining a light on a subject we often don't want to think about: the fact that sometimes the young and beautiful and seemingly immortal get seriously sick, too.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 19, 2014 10:01 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Watch: Laverne Cox Talks About the "Transgender Tipping Point"

Cox also shares how her "Orange is the New Black," Sophia Burset, has changed lives.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 13, 2014 2:30 PM
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It's the Little Things That Make OITNB One of the Best Shows on TV

This "Orange" is best eaten slowly. (This post discusses the first three episodes of the new season. )
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 11, 2014 12:00 PM
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In Praise of "Go Fuck Y'Self" Women: Lori Petty in Orange is the New Black

Petty's brand of androgynous punk heroism has been long missed.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 4, 2014 12:08 PM
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  • 3 Comments

TV: Orange is the New Black Renewed for Season 3

Laura Prepon will re-join the cast for that season.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 6, 2014 1:15 PM
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TV: Trailer Watch: Orange is the New Black Season 2

The suits at Netflix have gotten the memo: this isn't just Piper's show.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Orange is the New Black, Scandal, Borgen Among Peabody Winners

Nearly half of the Peabody winners this year are by and/or about women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 2, 2014 2:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

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