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

Can Women Drive Studio Movie Decision Making?

Women and Hollywood is continuing the fight for more female protagonists and a greater diversity of women on screen and in all positions in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 12:20 PM
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How the Demise of the Romantic Comedy Will Affect Women

Some reasons behind the death of a genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2014 11:15 AM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Geena Davis: "We Are Enculturating Kids to See Women and Girls as Not Taking Up Half the Space"

The problem isn't just that female characters were being sidelined by male protagonists, but that "the fictitious villages and jungles and kingdoms and interplanetary civilizations [in the movies] were nearly bereft of female population," even in family films.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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Gamechanger Films to Fund Women Directed Films

A new movie fund, Gamechanger Films, is set to fund women directed films only. It's the first fund to specifically focus on women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 2:00 PM
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Must Watch: Geena Davis Takes a Shot for Gender Equality

The awesome Geena Davis has done a video with Funny or Die to bring awareness about gender equality in film and television.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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UN Women and Geena Davis to Partner on Global Study on Representation of Females in Family Films

UN Women is partnering with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to analyze the representations of female characters in family films globally. This is the first time a study of this nature has been done.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 3, 2013 11:30 AM
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Geena Davis Speaks About the Lack of Opportunities for Women in Hollywood at the MPAA

Last week, in a conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLaura, D-Conn., Geena Davis spoke to the Motion Picture Association of American about the lack of opportunities and the dismal statistics for women working in Hollywood. Davis touched upon many topics including ageism in Hollywood and citing her own experiences trying to get parts as she's aged.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 3, 2013 12:46 PM
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Toni Collette and Geena Davis to Headline Two TV Pilots

Toni Collette and Geena Davis are coming back to your television screens in two new bad-ass women focused television shows. It’ll be great to have these two extremely talented actresses back on our TV screens.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 23, 2013 9:15 AM
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Watch This: See Jane Trailer from Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Geena Davis's commitment to gender in the media is truly inspiring. See Jane, an affiliated program with her Institute on Gender in the Media, focuses specifically on making sure that children's media has a balanced and varied portrayal of female characters. The below trailer illustrates some of their research findings.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 26, 2012 9:30 AM
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