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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

Wendy and Lisa Win ASCAP’s First Shirley Walker Award

The award recognizes those "whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 26, 2014 3:11 PM
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The Four Things I Learned on My Recent Trip to Hollywood

The movement for change in Hollywood is bigger than anyone thinks it is.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Opera America Announces Eight Winners of Women Composers Competition

Each winner will receive a $12,500 grant to develop her opera.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 4, 2014 10:00 AM
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Dispatch from the Game Developers Conference: #1ReasonToBe a Woman in Gaming

Why awards for gender-equality progress should go to men and just going to work can be a feminist act.
  • By Laura Karpman
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  • March 25, 2014 1:30 PM
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A Woman Astronaut: Life as a Woman Composer in Hollywood

Women are 11% of all astronauts who've been to space and 2% of all composers who have scored a studio feature.
  • By Penka Kouneva
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  • March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
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