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

Lena Dunham's Feminist Week: From SNL to SXSW

Dunham on men's rights, female typecasting, and telling her story through "whatever means necessary."
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  • March 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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Golden Globe Noms Reflect the Status Quo of Hollywood Sexism

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards have us excited about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's return to hosting duties and... that's about it. With no women directors of live-action films or female screenwriters among the film nominees, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association inadvertently exposed the Grand Canyon-esque gender gaps in the movie industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 11:00 AM
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TV Trailer Watch: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Season 3: "I'm Someone Who Can't Keep My Mouth Shut"

"Everything that's been so terrible and so painful in the last few months is leading me to this point. It's amazing to realize I hold the keys to the prison that is my mind," says Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the trailer for the third season of HBO's '´╗┐Girls.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 25, 2013 11:21 AM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today

This week, the British Film Institute released statistics revealing that a mere 14 feature films were directed by women in the UK last year, compared to 164 by men. Meanwhile, of the 16 gala premieres just announced by this year's Toronto film festival , none have female directors.
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  • July 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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Standing Up and For Women

When I first started Women and Hollywood I knew that I wanted to the site to support women and their roles and accomplishments in pop culture but I really did not know exactly what that meant.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2013 1:00 PM
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Why Girls Still Matters in Season 2

Last night was a huge lady-centric night for television with the delightful Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the Golden Globes, the premiere of season two of the criminally underwatched Enlightened starring a terrific Laura Dern (PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW) and, as I’m sure you’ve seen from the posters, billboards and magazine ads -- season two of Girls also premiered.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 14, 2013 12:27 PM
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Thoughts on the Golden Globes - Girls Literally Ruled

Last night, I ended up watching the Golden Globes in real time (with the commercials too.) The reason why that was possible was because of twitter and because I was having such a good time watching the show.  It felt lighter than in years past.  I am guessing a lot of that had to do with the tone that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their terrific opening monologue (which you can see below and is worth another watch.)  They told some really funny jokes and the one I enjoyed most was their statement of support for Kathryn Bigelow.  "When it comes to torture I trust the lady that spent 3 years married to James Cameron."  Awesome.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2013 11:00 AM
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DGA Announces Television and Commercial Award Nominees

Earlier this week the Directors Guild of America announced their film nominees. In addition, they also announced nominees for television and commercials. There are quite a few women nominated for the awards including Lena Dunham for Girls.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 11, 2013 10:15 AM
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2012 The Year in Review

We took a look back on the news for women in and around Hollywood in 2012 and here are the topics we think resonated this past year. Let us know what you think and if we missed any big news of the year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 28, 2012 10:13 AM
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Femme Celebs Croon You Don't Own Me For Reproductive Freedom

Whom do you recognize in this video?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 22, 2012 4:43 PM
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