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: Oscar Could be Swayed by Leto's Feminine Mystique

The voters have also come a long way since handing the 2005 best-picture Oscar to Crash instead of the gay-themed Brokeback Mountain. Since then, there has been at least one actor nominated for playing a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender character each year save for 2007.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 1, 2013 10:49 AM
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The Lady Killers: Considering the Female Killer in Horror

In contrast to many other genres, horror films have long been hospitable to the concept of the female hero. From Marion Crane to Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson to Clarice Starling, many of horror's most iconic protagonists have also been women.
  • By Emily Rauber
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  • October 18, 2013 3:30 PM
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Variety Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Power of Women

Variety has announced the group of women they will be honoring at their 5th annual Power of Women event, which celebrates leaders in the industry and their philanthropic work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Forbes Releases Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses List

Forbes recently released their annual highest paid actress list. The list is unfortunately, unsurprisingly very white and very young. And several of the actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman weren't even in films in the last year when the list was calculated (June 2012-June 2013).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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Pissed Off: When Did Playing Evil Women Become a Rite of Passage for Oscar Winning Actresses?

You know I hate all the princess shit that we see everywhere. The film business has up it ass that boys get to be superheroes and girls get to be princesses. The boys save the girls and the girls need to be saved. Like anyone believes that shit anymore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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Film Link Round Up: December 8

Here's some of the women-centric film news that we thought people should know about:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 8, 2012 1:28 PM
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Oliver Stone Talks Strong Women Characters

In a recent interview with the Associated Press to promote his new film Savages, Oliver Stone was asked to pick his favorite 5 films featuring strong women.  For a man, who primarily focuses on hyper violent male characters or our former Presidents, his new film Savages has been seen as a departure for Stone with a primary focus on the film's female characters, O (Blake Lively) and Elena (Salma Hayek). Having Stone discuss strong women is laughable, considering his usual construction of male dominated worlds in which the female characters exist solely (if at all) in definition to their male counterparts.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 10, 2012 1:51 PM
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Charlize Theron Has a Pretty Good Weekend at the Box Office

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2012 12:15 PM
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'Snow White and the Huntsman'

If you have to deal with another version of Snow White (which I don't understand why we do) you would think that a kick-ass Snow White might be the answer to your prayers.  Not so much.  Kristen Stewart plays the princess held in the tower by the evil Queen Ravenna played by Charlize Theron.  The queen keeps her power and hold on the kingdom -- including her obsession with being the fairest of them all --  by living off the blood of young girls.  Charlize looks gorgeous and is exquisitely costumed yet has really not much to do aside from screaming "Get Me Snow White" to her creepy albino like brother with a very bad haircut.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 1, 2012 12:34 PM
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Trailer Watch: New Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer

It's all about Charlize vs Kristen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 19, 2012 11:47 AM
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