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

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne Honored by Women in Film

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Eva Longoria, and Frozen director Jennifer Lee are the five honorees of WIF's Crystal + Lucy Awards.
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  • April 2, 2014 10:33 AM
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Frozen Now the Highest-Grossing Animated Film in History

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's feminist fairy tale has become one of the top-ten highest-grossing films of all time.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 31, 2014 11:56 AM
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Frozen Estimated to Become Highest-Grossing Movie in Disney History

Who knew that the best holiday gift Disney could give itself was turning its back on its past?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 20, 2014 3:00 PM
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The Big O: Between Ellen and Everyone's Mom, Oscar Night Turned Into Ladies Night

For a year with no female talent represented in the director’s category and only three of the nine best-picture candidates featuring women in lead roles, the Oscar show was a regular femme fest.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 3, 2014 10:39 AM
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Women and the Oscars 2014

At Women and Hollywood we want people to use this week to interrupt the conversations about the Oscars and remind people that no women were nominated for best director this year and that we need to see more women directed films.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2014 10:59 AM
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Frozen, Gravity, and Philomena Win at BAFTAs

Co-director Jennifer Lee's "Frozen" was the only woman-led project to take home a trophy at the British Oscars.
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  • February 17, 2014 11:22 AM
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Frozen Wins Best Picture at Annie Awards

For the second time since the Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature prize was established in 1992, a woman-directed film has received the top honor.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 3, 2014 4:24 PM
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The Good and the Bad Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees

2013 was an even-worse-than-usual year for non-acting women in Hollywood -- only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by female filmmakers and just 10% written by female screenwriters -- so it's no surprise to us that there's little to celebrate about this year's nominees.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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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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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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