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

Meryl Streep Receives Monte Cristo Award from Eugene O'Neill Center

Streep picked up the one acting award in the world she hadn't yet received on Monday evening.
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  • April 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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Julianne Nicholson on August: Osage County, Masters of Sex, and Aging in Hollywood

"Sticking in this industry, which is not always very kind to women, makes me feel good. I feel like things are definitely better for me now at 42 than they were at 22. "
  • By Laura Berger
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  • April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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Meryl Streep to Star in Jonathan Demme Film Written by Diablo Cody

In "Ricky and the Flash," Streep would play a feckless older mother struggling to reconnect with her grown-up children after abandoning them as children to pursue a rock career.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 26, 2014 11:00 AM
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Meryl Streep to Join Carey Mulligan in Suffragette

Which is wonderful news, but leads us to wonder why there aren't a lot more movies about suffragettes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 20, 2014 1:34 PM
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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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Pic of the Day: Emma Thompson Continues Her Campaign Against Heels

The wonderfully outspoken actress and screenwriter hasn't let her less-than-ideal award season get her down. She's even made headlines with her newest campaign -- against high heels.
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  • January 20, 2014 3:00 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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Why Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Should Host the Golden Globes Forever

Poehler and Fey used their moment in the spotlight to remind us and their industry colleagues that even though there were a lot of women in the room, there are still monumental inequities in the way women are treated in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2014 11:27 AM
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The Big O: Will the Academy's Love of Female Ensembles Help August: Osage County?

"August: Osage County" is a prime example of an ensemble cast where the female characters monopolize the goings-on, an Oscar-friendly staple that has been regaining favor of late among voters after 2009's "Precious" and 2011's "The Help" became best-picture contenders.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 9, 2014 10:43 AM
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Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson's Feminist Love Fest

Meryl Streep outed herself as Emma Thompson's biggest fan by celebrating her for being "a rabid, man eating feminist, like I am."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 2:00 PM
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