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

Putting an Oscar Campaign on Your Credit Card

Oscar nominations close tomorrow (there has been trouble with the on-line voting) and one woman hoping to make the cut is Ann Dowd who has already received accolades for her performance in the creepy (but good) film Compliance. Look at Dowd and you will recognize her. I watched Philadelphia again over the holidays (for the zillionth time) and there she was as Tom Hanks' sister.
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  • January 3, 2013 10:03 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow Becomes First Woman to Win Two Best Director Nods from New York Film Critics Circle

Yesterday, the New York Film Critics Circle, a group of 35 critics (but just 8 women) named Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty the best film of the year. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 4, 2012 9:58 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Actress Roundtable: Addressing Sexism, the Fight for Parts and Creating Media

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their annual Actress Roundtable issue. This year the list was all white and included Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams and Rachel Weisz all participated. Surprising omissions were Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain (which could have been because of their schedules.) We took the time to listen to the entire hour that was posted and found the roundtable banter between the actresses to be lively and warm. They discussed a wide range of topics including passion projects to terrible directors and addressed their admiration for one another’s work. (Let the fawning begin)
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 28, 2012 12:35 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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