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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

Clear Your Thursday Nights for Shonda Rhimes

Those who grew up on ABC's TGIF lineup now have Shonda Rhimes' Thank God It's Thursday (#TGIT) to look forward to.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • August 1, 2014 12:00 PM
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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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Quote of the Day: Shonda Rhimes Says No to Nice

The women on "Scandal" aren't "nice" -- they take control.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 23, 2014 10:00 AM
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Why Shonda Rhimes' Upcoming Fall Drama Is Already a Hit

While Rhimes doesn't attempt to cater specifically to women, or to people of color, her approach and her shows open doors for both.
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • May 22, 2014 11:00 AM
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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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TV: More Female Politicos to Run the Small Screen

Call it the "Scandal" effect.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:56 AM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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5 TV Women to be Thankful for This Thanksgivukkah

On TV, women have stepped up as innovative showrunners and sought-after directors and have found increasingly rich parts as actresses. So for Thanksgiving, here are five women in television I’m remarkably glad are making it better for the rest of us:
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • November 27, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Double Standards for TV's Male and Female Politicians

The storylines of female-politican characters on 'Scandal' and 'Alpha House' are a clear and sometimes funny reminder of why men can take higher office for granted, while women still have to work twice as hard for half the respect.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • November 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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Shonda Rhimes to Publish Memoir About TV Writing and Single Motherhood

If it wasn't yet clear that Shonda Rhimes is a celebrity in her own right, here's another sign: the 'Scandal 'creator has signed a book deal, a la Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, that will detail her rise in TV and her growth as a single mom.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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