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

Trailer Watch: The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending

Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, the world's most genetically blessed janitor. Yes, really.
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  • December 11, 2013 10:00 AM
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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).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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Cross Post: "Oz the Great and Powerful" Rekindles the Notion That Women Are Wicked

Dorothy Gale--the girl who went to Oz--has been called the first true feminist hero in American children's literature. Indeed, she was condemned by many readers, including children's librarians, for daring to have opinions and act on them.
  • By Natalie Wilson
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  • March 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Mila Kunis to Executive Produce Feminist TV Drama for The CW

Mila Kunis will be executive producing a drama for The CW on feminism!  The headline from the Hollywood Reporter "Mila Kunis to Exec Produce Women's Lib Drama for CW" piqued our interest since most TV shows are not so blatantly feminist.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 7, 2012 1:15 PM
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