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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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Meryl Streep to Join Carey Mulligan in Suffragette

Which is wonderful news, but leads us to wonder why there aren't a lot more movies about suffragettes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 20, 2014 1:34 PM
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Women and Hollywood December 2013 Film Preview

Here are the women-centric, women-directed and women-written films that you should keep on your radar for December.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 2, 2013 12:37 PM
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Despite the Lack of Opportunities UK Female Screenwriters and Directors Are Successful

The BFI reports shows that while there are not enough opportunities for women screenwriters and directors, the films they are working on are disproportionately successful.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • November 26, 2013 10:00 AM
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Pathe Picks Up Sarah Gavron's Suffragette

We previously reported about Sarah Gavron's latest, Suffragette, previously titled The Fury, when Carey Mulligan was in early talks to star.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 24, 2013 3:13 PM
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2013 Emmy Wrap-up

When did watching the Emmy's become so painful? It wasn't that I was offended like I was at the last Oscar telecast, but I found the whole thing a bit of a bore. I hate that they put in the dance numbers and then didn't let us hear the all the winners' thoughts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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Carey Mulligan to Reteam with Writer Abi Morgan for The Fury

Carey Mulligan is in early talks to join director Sarah Gavron's The Fury, written by Abi Morgan. The film will focus on the suffragette movement in the UK.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 25, 2013 12:30 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence to Produce/Star in Susanne Bier's Rules of Inheritance

Jennifer Lawrence is taking it to the next level. She is set to star in and produce The Rules of Inheritance based on Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir of the same title.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Abi Morgan to Adapt 'Taming of the Shrew,' Anne Hathaway to Star

Brit Abi Morgan is taking on the master and adapting Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  Morgan, who created the BBC series The Hour and has written Shame and The Iron Lady, is supremely talented and brilliant. If you haven’t watched The Hour, please do so immediately, it is one of the best shows airing on television. Both season one and two are available on DVD and instant video.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 18, 2013 11:30 AM
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This Woman Is Too Fat for Hollywood?

I love Romola Garai.  First, she's a good actress.  She's just so excellent in The Hour which is written by Abi Morgan.  Second, she knows that she needs to be in magazines and make appearances in order to have a successful acting career.  But being the feminist that she is she doesn't let any of that take away from her knowing that this shit is all messed up.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 8, 2012 9:43 AM
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Approaching Peak Vagina: Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler Score Rare Female Double Emmy Writing Nominations

The Emmy nominations were released yesterday.  There is a lot of good news to recognize most especially the fact that two women -- Lean Dunham and Amy Poehler -- were nominated for their comedy writing.  According to Nellie at Deadline having two women nominated for comedy writing is a big and not very frequent deal.  The last time it happened was a decade ago. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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