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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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Quote of the Day: Viola Davis on Her Move to the Small Screen

"How to Get Away With Murder" will give Davis to finally take center stage.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 16, 2014 1:30 PM
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Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington Discuss the Difficulty of Risk-Taking As Women in Hollywood

Blanchett and Washington were honored by Women in Film at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 13, 2014 11:25 AM
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Shonda Rhimes' Dartmouth Commencement Speech: "Dreamers Often End Up Living in the Basements of Relatives"

The "Scandal" showrunner drops some truth bombs.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 10, 2014 12:00 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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Trailer Watch: Shonda Rhimes' How To Get Away With Murder

ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" will air on Thursdays at 10 pm.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 14, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

TV: Shonda Rhimes Books Third ABC Show Starring Viola Davis

Shonda Rhimes continues her domination of our lives and we love it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2014 1:10 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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Viola Davis to Star in Shonda Rhimes' Next Show

The return of "Scandal" tomorrow night isn't the only good news coming out of Shondaland.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 26, 2014 12:21 PM
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NAACP Awards: Black Women Creators Thrive in TV

Shonda Rhimes' "Scandal" took home Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, while black women helmers took home the two main TV directing prizes (Milicent Shelton for "The Hustle" and Regina King for "Southland").
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 24, 2014 12:26 PM
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