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

Quote of the Day: Emma Thompson on Fighting for Female Roles and Women's Rights

Thompson also shares how her mom challenged her to grow as an actress.
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  • April 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Quvenzhane Wallis in Annie

Wallis is perfectly charming and Cameron Diaz winsomely grouchy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 6, 2014 4:00 PM
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The Big O: The Truth Behind Emma Thompson and Oscar Isaac's Oscar Snubs? Lack of Tragedy

When this year's Oscar nominations were announced, there were a few surprising omissions on the ballot, especially in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 23, 2014 1:17 PM
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Pic of the Day: Emma Thompson Continues Her Campaign Against Heels

The wonderfully outspoken actress and screenwriter hasn't let her less-than-ideal award season get her down. She's even made headlines with her newest campaign -- against high heels.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 20, 2014 3:00 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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Interview: Callie Khouri on Female Likability and Nashville's Upcoming Guest Stars

The "Nashville" creator speaks with Melissa Silverstein about what to expect in the second half of her show's sophomore year, the demand for female likability, and the one women-directed film that's been shut out of Oscar season this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2014 1:33 PM
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Why Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Should Host the Golden Globes Forever

Poehler and Fey used their moment in the spotlight to remind us and their industry colleagues that even though there were a lot of women in the room, there are still monumental inequities in the way women are treated in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2014 11:27 AM
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Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson's Feminist Love Fest

Meryl Streep outed herself as Emma Thompson's biggest fan by celebrating her for being "a rabid, man eating feminist, like I am."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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