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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Jada Pinkett Smith Addresses Gossip

As you know we don't cover the personal lives of the people in the entertainment business on Women and Hollywood. But there Are occasions where we need to make an exception. Jada Pinkett Smith has been dealing for some time with rumors surrounding her marriage. She took to Facebook, and beyond shutting down these rumors, she gives a very feminist statement about marriage and ownership. Check it out in full below.
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  • April 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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Hollywood Feminists of the Day: Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith

After the KONY 2012 video went viral this past spring and its subsequent fallout, much of the celebrity community has quieted down about human trafficking and modern slavery. But the video inspired, Willow Smith, daughter of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, to start researching human trafficking and sex slavery.
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  • July 18, 2012 12:41 PM
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