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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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Louis CK's "So Did the Fat Lady" Is Not The Last - Or The First - Word On Fat Women On TV

Larger women have been demonstrating on TV, on their own terms, what their experiences are long before the current King of Comedy tackled the subject.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 14, 2014 10:08 AM
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Pondering Roseanne On Its 25th Anniversary

As we stare down the beginning of another grim new crop of fall television shows, the prospects this year seem even worse in part because of a looming anniversary: twenty-five years ago this October, Roseanne Barr brought us Roseanne, a revolutionary look at working-class life, and more specifically, the experiences of working-class women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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Roseanne Shows Her Nuts on TV

I am not a person who watches reality shows regularly. I want to slit my wrists when I am at the gym and those Housewives or Kardashians come on. But I have to say I was very intrigued to see that Roseanne was going to allow Lifetime onto her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii where she now lives.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 13, 2011 3:30 AM
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Roseanne Pulls Back the Wizard's Curtain on Network TV and it Ain't Pretty

I have always loved Roseanne. I love her because she makes people uncomfortable (even me at times.) I love that she says what she believes, damn the consequences. Now, she can say whatever she wants because she doesn't work on a network TV anymore, but she still has major guts for the piece she pens in the current issue of NY Magazine that blows open behind the scenes TV behavior that seems more the norm than any of us TV watchers could ever believe.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2011 4:59 AM
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