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

The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Big O: Will Audiences (and Oscar Voters) Surrender to 12 Years a Slave?

Can movie audiences handle the truth -- especially when it's unpleasant to sit through?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 24, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Women of 12 Years a Slave

As a child my mother, an anthropologist, informed me that my great uncle's mother disappeared from the shores of Lake Victoria or Nam Lolwe, as we call it, when he was a boy. My great great aunt was likely captured during the thriving East African slave trade.
  • By Agunda Okeyo
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  • October 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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Sarah Paulson Talks 12 Years a Slave and Being a Woman in Hollywood

Sarah Paulson is excited about this year's Oscar race. "There are probably 10 women who could be nominated for Best Actress. When do we ever have that?" says the actress.
  • By Kristal Cooper
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  • October 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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