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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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Guest Post: Time For A Major Women's Film Award Initiative?

As the awards season gets under way each year I look for the women who are nominated and most years I’m disappointed – the only award category where it is certain that a woman will be nominated is best actress. Why is there a category for actors who are women but not for writers or directors who are women? Why do actors who are women seem happy to have their own category, when screenwriters and directors who are women reject the idea of categories like best screenplay by a woman or best woman director?
  • By Marian Evans
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  • November 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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