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

The Big O: In Praise of the 10 Actress Nominees

Let's take a break from tracking the race to marvel at the awe-inspiring female talent on display.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:40 AM
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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 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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Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Be Top Grossing Movie of 2013, Frozen Surges to #4

Variety predicts that "Catching Fire," which has thus far grossed $407.5 million domestically, will soon overtake Iron Man 3 as 2013's top-earning movie later this week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • January 6, 2014 11:54 AM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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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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THR Releases "2013 Women in Entertainment Power 100" List

The Hollywood Reporter released its annual "Women in Entertainment Power 100" ranking, which the publication described as a reflection of "a TV industry in flux, ongoing volatility at the film studios, and the females behind (and in front of) every last big deal in town."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sarah Polley, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence Are NYFCC Picks

The New York Film Critics Circle released their best-of list yesterday, and director Sarah Polley was the sole female awardee in a non-acting category.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson on Creating a Female-Centric Blockbuster

This weekend, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' became the highest-grossing November release ever with a box-office take of $161 million. Though star Jennifer Lawrence has been the face of 'Catching Fire', the blockbuster feminist franchise is the brainchild of an even more powerful woman working behind the scenes: producer Nina Jacobson.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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Latest Forbes Piece: A Female Revolution at the Box Office

Now, just in time for Thanksgiving there are multiple films with female leads that people all across the country will be able to enjoy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 24, 2013 3:50 PM
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