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

"Fear Teaches Us A Lot About Ourselves" - An Interview with Ginger Snaps Writer Karen Walton

As we've explored in this month's horror series, there's a lot--both good and bad--to discuss when it comes to the intersection of horror, women and feminism. One movie that continues to come up in feminist horror discussion is Ginger Snaps.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 31, 2013 3:14 PM
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The Lady Killers: Considering the Female Killer in Horror

In contrast to many other genres, horror films have long been hospitable to the concept of the female hero. From Marion Crane to Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson to Clarice Starling, many of horror's most iconic protagonists have also been women.
  • By Emily Rauber
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  • October 18, 2013 3:30 PM
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The Horror of Coming-of-Age: Subverting the Teen Girl Experience in Film

Growing up can be a bit of a bloodbath for everyone, regardless of gender. And when it comes to how the actual gory details of the process are portrayed on film, young female characters don't often get the same freedom to explore the dark side of the process that young men do, unless you happen to be watching a horror film.
  • By Kristal Cooper
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  • October 10, 2013 11:00 AM
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