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

Kristin Scott Thomas Quits Film

"Life's too short. I don't want to do it any more."
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  • February 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman, starring Felicity Jones, follows the life of Charles Dickens' longtime mistress.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 14, 2013 12:30 PM
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Women Centric Films in Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Gala & Special Presentation Line Up

After taking a look at the women directed films in the galas and special presentations, we also wanted to take a look at the women centric films that will be receiving lots of attention in Toronto. We are guessing that there will be big stars in attendance like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2013 11:15 AM
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Nancy Meyers to Direct Her Daughter Haille's Screenplay

Sorry for being a little late on this but I love this story so I wanted to make sure I shared it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2012 11:36 AM
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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

At least they are all dressed.  But all the satin kind of reminds me of a brothel.  Thw women on the power panel which is the actual cover are Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.  And Jennifer Lawrence is in the top center.  Smart of them to include the awesome Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 9:10 AM
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Sundance Press Obsession with the "It" Girl

I never realized how annoying the whole "it" girl thing was until I saw three straight "it" girls articles in my RSS feed yesterday about three different women.  I know that people have to come up with a lot of stories to write and this is an easy way to talk about women, but I just want to say the whole term and discussion is sexist because you never, ever, see and article on an "it" boy.  Can you imagine a press article written about an "it" boy?  No, you can't and that's why it's sexist.  It is a convenient way of writing about a cute, usually younger, usually white woman who has surprised people with her performance in a film (or films) or who has been discovered, or rediscovered.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 26, 2012 11:09 AM
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Where are the Women?

It has not been a good couple of months for women on shortlists here in the UK. Back in December the nation presided over the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist: 10 men and 0 women. Yesterday, BAFTA announced the shortlist for the Orange Wednesday’s Rising Star Award: 5 men and 0 women.
  • By Rebecca Brand
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  • January 13, 2012 10:20 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: The Women

The awards season began in earnest last evening with the IFP sponsored Gotham Awards. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 9:21 AM
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