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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

Male Privilege Watch: Man With No Directing Experience to Direct Film With Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett

Another first time director gets a high profile gig.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 73 Comments

The Four Things I Learned on My Recent Trip to Hollywood

The movement for change in Hollywood is bigger than anyone thinks it is.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington Discuss the Difficulty of Risk-Taking As Women in Hollywood

Blanchett and Washington were honored by Women in Film at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 13, 2014 11:25 AM
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Cate Blanchett: "People Want to See Stories With Women at the Center"

Blanchett's remarks were in advance of her receiving Women in Film's Crystal Award for Excellence in Film on June 11.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Cate Blanchett Defends Mothers

"When anyone plays a mother on film, there is a whole raft of judgment in that a mother is a particular archetype or that every mother is the same. That's complete rubbish."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Cate Blanchett, Susanne Bier Team Up for The Dig

It's a match made in arthouse heaven.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 9, 2014 1:00 PM
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Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne Honored by Women in Film

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Eva Longoria, and Frozen director Jennifer Lee are the five honorees of WIF's Crystal + Lucy Awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 2, 2014 10:33 AM
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Suck It, Haters: Female-Led Films Make More Money

20% more money, in fact.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 11 Comments

The World is Round, People and Other Thoughts from a Potentially Game Changing Oscars

Lat night felt that the 6,000 people in the Academy are realizing that yes, the world is round and that they can stand in front and be a part of the change that is coming or they can be left behind.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 3, 2014 12:01 PM
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  • 9 Comments

The Big O: Between Ellen and Everyone's Mom, Oscar Night Turned Into Ladies Night

For a year with no female talent represented in the director’s category and only three of the nine best-picture candidates featuring women in lead roles, the Oscar show was a regular femme fest.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 3, 2014 10:39 AM
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  • 2 Comments

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