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

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).
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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Our Unyielding Obsession with Jennifer Aniston

If you've been under a rock for the last couple of days I am here to inform you that we can all calm down now because Jennifer Aniston has finally gotten engaged.  If you haven't been under a rock, you have been inundated with hideously titled articles that make me want to cringe.  CNN did a photo spread called Jennifer Aniston's Men and USA Today wondered Has Jennifer Finally Found Her Happy Ending?  (Those are the only ones I read the headlines of before giving up.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 14, 2012 12:53 PM
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Kristen Stewart is Top Earning Actress in Hollywood

The woman with the most Oscars is not the highest paid woman in Hollywood.  According to Forbes, that honor goes to Kristen Stewart who this year will have two monster hits with the current Snow White and the Huntsman which is now at almost $250 million total and the upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2.  This 21-year-old made $34.5 million.  But all the women on the list still earn less than their male counterparts men by over $160 million dollars.  The top men earned #61 million compared to women earning $200 million.  And I'm guessing the dudes make most of their money from salaries on the films, and women complement their film salaries with endorsements which at times brings in more than the salary for a film.
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  • June 20, 2012 3:14 PM
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AFI Honors Shirley MacLaine with Lifetime Achievement Award

Last Thursday, Hollywood came out to honor one its most beloved and enduring stars - Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is only the 7th woman to receive the honor.  The other women to receive the honor were Bette Davis in 1977; Lillian Gish in 1984; Barbara Stanwyck in 1987; Elizabeth Tayor in 1993; Barbra Streisand in 2001; Meryl Streep in 2004.
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  • June 11, 2012 12:06 PM
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