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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Women and Hollywood

The Big O: In Praise of the 10 Actress Nominees

Let's take a break from tracking the race to marvel at the awe-inspiring female talent on display.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:40 AM
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The Big O: What's at Stake for Cate in the Woody Debate?

After acknowledging Allen's output numerous times since the allegations were originally made, the Academy appears to operate on the principle that the work comes first and any moral or ethical issues are secondary.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 6, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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Wonder Woman Casting Suggests Hollywood's Never Giving Diana Prince Her Own Movie

I don't want to see a Wonder Woman movie, but I desperately want one to exist.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 2:30 PM
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Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable

Emma Thompson is a rare delight. The delightfully outspoken actress, who stars as 'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers in Disney's upcoming 'Saving Mr. Banks,' was the highlight of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, criticizing sexism in the film industry at all stages of production.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 1:41 PM
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The Big O: Are Grande Dames the New Babes?

Beauty before age. This twist on an old adage has held sway for the most part when it comes to selecting which actresses are granted an Oscar each year, at least for the past several decades. But 2013 might find more than few new wrinkles (as well as some old ones) in a contest where experience doesn't always count.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 27, 2013 11:20 AM
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Amy Adams: A Lois Lane We Deserve

Reviews for the new re-imagining of Superman--Man of Steel--hit the internet earlier in the week. So far many are saying it's a new version that is certainly worth checking out.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 13, 2013 11:30 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Actress Roundtable: Addressing Sexism, the Fight for Parts and Creating Media

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their annual Actress Roundtable issue. This year the list was all white and included Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams and Rachel Weisz all participated. Surprising omissions were Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain (which could have been because of their schedules.) We took the time to listen to the entire hour that was posted and found the roundtable banter between the actresses to be lively and warm. They discussed a wide range of topics including passion projects to terrible directors and addressed their admiration for one another’s work. (Let the fawning begin)
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 28, 2012 12:35 PM
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