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

Sundance Sale: Sony Classics Nabs Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear

After debuting at Sundance to great reviews, Maya Forbes' feature debut, "Infinitely Polar Bear," has been bought by Sony Picture Classics.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 11:00 AM
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Mark Ruffalo Defends Abortion on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

The "Avengers" co-star reminds viewers that the frequent alternative to legal abortion is illegal abortion. He recalls his mother's experience of the latter, stating, "People [like my mother] would have to search out doctors at night miles away from their home in a closed-down doctor's office or motel room."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 23, 2014 2:30 PM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Mark Ruffalo

Earlier this summer, groups of abortion rights activists organized the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride--a tour that would take groups starting in New York and San Francisco across the country to some of the most anti-abortion places in the country.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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