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

Cate Blanchett, Susanne Bier Team Up for The Dig

It's a match made in arthouse heaven.
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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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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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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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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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I Believe Dylan Farrow

There are a few fundamental beliefs that I hold, and one of them is that I believe women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 3, 2014 10:54 AM
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The Monuments Men Erases Women from History

In George Clooney's "male-washed" retelling of history, women are barely worth a mention. Blanchett is a token presence, and because she's the sole woman in this army of art lovers, she comes to represent the Exceptional Woman who is different from the rest of womankind -- the woman who's better than other women because she's like a man.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 11:30 AM
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The Big O: Remembering 2013's Top Female Film Moments

The 10 scenes that defined the year's women in film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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