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

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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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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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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Megan Ellison Leads PGA Awards Nominations

Wunderkind producer Megan Ellison leads the pack with two nominations for her behind-the-scenes work on "Her" and "American Hustle."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Michael Moore: Zero Dark Thirty is a Movie About 'How We Don't Listen to Women.'

Always controversial and rarely quiet political filmmaker and author, Michael Moore, has spoken out in defense of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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Where'd You Go Bernadette Gets Writers and Producers

One of the best books I read over the holidays and last year is Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette? It is an original, funny, touching, moving story of a 50 year old woman, Bernadette, who winds up in Seattle and becomes something of a hermit after a series of professional and personal setbacks. The thing about the book is that is all about creativity and how when people who are uniquely talented need to create or they lose touch with themselves and as one character says "become a menace to themselves and society."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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