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

Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie Sprouts Wings in New Maleficent Spot

There's also a fun little moment when Maleficent carelessly flicks her tiny rival fairies away.
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  • March 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is all cheekbones and horns in the new teaser trailer for Disney's Maleficent.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 13, 2013 4:00 PM
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Angelina Jolie's Courageous Revelation

In a courageous op-ed in today's New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed that over the last several months she has undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy because she has BRCA1 gene.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 14, 2013 9:21 AM
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Scarlett Johansson To Be Highest Paid Actress for The Avengers 2

Scarlett Johansson is set to be the highest paid actress in Hollywood.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 17, 2012 12:30 PM
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Branding The Oscar Body

If this year’s Oscars known as the "women's superbowl" only attracted half (39.3 million to be exact) the viewing audience of that great male gladiator event, that’s still way more than enough people to make an enormous impact on the body ideals and aspirations of girls and women who buy the fashion lines and accessories and makeover surgeries (AKA “aesthetic medicine”) such as the silicone implants and butt lifts that inspire fans to become clones of their favorite hot movie star.
  • By Emily Fox-Kales
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  • March 2, 2012 10:43 AM
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Is Haywire a Game Changer?

I know I am dating myself when I can say that I knew nothing about MMA - mixed martial arts - before I saw the film Haywire.  I'm not the kind of person who tunes in to see women beat each other up in cages or in arenas or quite frankly anywhere.  Not my kind of thing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 19, 2012 11:55 AM
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