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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

Viral Video: US Olympic Women Soccer Players Party in the USA

Olympic fever is here.  Getting excited for the festivities starting this weekend.  Here's the US Women's Soccer team showing us they have a serious sense of humor.  Go team!
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 23, 2012 3:00 PM
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More: Sports

Inspirational Video of the Day: Pat Summitt Receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs

What an amazing story.  P.S. -  the narrator is Reese Witherspoon
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 17, 2012 10:38 AM
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Happy 40th Birthday Title IX

This past weekend was the 40th anniversary of Title IX.  This is a big deal.  What most people don't know is that Title IX is not an actual law -- it is one section of the of the Educational Amendments of 1972 -- and in actuality it has nothing to do with sports.  It has to do with equal access in education.   It was signed into into law by Richard Nixon.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2012 2:43 PM
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  • 1 Comment
More: Sports

Trailer Watch: Fast Girls

Just in time for the Olympics here come Fast Girls. Could this be a new Bend it Like Beckham? Opens in the UK on June 15.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 29, 2012 10:49 AM
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Sports Diversion - Sexism Watch: The Masters

Here we are again.  Nine years after Martha Burk tried to get the August National to allow a woman member we are still at a place where there is still not a female member since the club's founding in 1933.  In 1990, the club let in an African American member, but in 2011 there is still no female that we know of.  (Augusta is famous for not speaking on the membership policies because it is a private club.) 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 5, 2012 12:15 PM
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  • 2 Comments
More: Sports, Sexism

Hope Solo Not Dainty Enough for Dancing With the Stars

Hope Solo is a competitive athlete.  She's won Olympic gold.  World Cup Silver.  The Golden Glove Award at this summer's Women's World Cup.  She is probably the best female goalkeeper in the world. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 30, 2011 9:54 AM
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