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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

Guest Post: "No One Would Ever Say That to Larry David": Female Showrunners and the Hypocritical Critical Edge

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with critique. Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham have said as much. But let’s call a spade a spade. As fair as some or parts of the criticisms Kaling and Dunham face are, it highlights the double standard that exists.
  • By Emily U. Hashimoto
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  • May 9, 2014 4:00 PM
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TV: A Preview of Girls' Third Season from TCA

Dunham isn't taking refuge from questions about nudity or the criticisms of the show’s initial lack of diversity. Rather, she came to TCA prepared to engage with them. "It's a realistic expression of what i'’s like to be alive, I think," she swatted one critic who asked why she was naked so frequently on the show.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • January 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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Why Judd Apatow Directing Amy Schumer in Trainwreck is a Great Thing

Amy Schumer "Inside Amy Schumer"
Apatow is a boy's man, but, unlike so many of the male movers and shakers in Hollywood, he's also remaking himself into a women's mentor.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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Judy Blume and Lena Dunham on What It's Like to be Pioneers in Sexual Frankness

The two writers discuss what it's like being pioneers of sexual frankness. Apparently, it involves listening to a lot of intimate stories from fans and acquaintances.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 6, 2013 6:30 PM
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Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling Talk Feminism, Role Models, and Being the Boss

The two showrunner-stars were eager to discuss a variety of female-centric topics, including the the difficulty of confronting sexism in the media, the temptation to judge other women for hampering feminist progress, and their shared love for their mothers and Nora Ephron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 12, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter Announced the Top 50 Showrunners

The Hollywood Reporter has announced their 50 power showrunners of 2013 for comedy and drama. 12 women out of 50 were on the list. And four women of 10 were on the 2014 Showrunners to Watch list.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2013 1:00 PM
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Must Watch: SNL Girls Parody with Tina Fey

Over the weekend, Tina Fey hosted the first new episode of the latest season of Saturday Night Live.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 11:10 AM
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Time Unveils 2013 Most Influential People in World

Time magazine has announced it's 2013 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. And it's full of extremely inspirational women from some of our favorites in entertainment like Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Shonda Rhimes to women who have bravely risked everything to change the world like the legendary Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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Lena Dunham’s Big Week: DGA Win, New Show and Entertainment Weekly Cover Story

Things for Lena Dunham are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down—within the past week, she’s won a DGA, is developing a new show for HBO, is Entertainment Weekly’s cover girl and had a truly terrific episode of Girls air.  
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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Guest Post: A Response to "This Woman is Too Fat for Hollywood?"

Recently Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood wrote a blog entitled "This Woman is Too Fat For Hollywood?" Consider this a response to the aforementioned article.
  • By Liz Manashil
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  • January 8, 2013 10:50 AM
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