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

Trailer Watch: Jenny Slate in Obvious Child

Writer-director Gillian Robespierre resuscitates the romantic comedy.
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  • April 16, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Diana Whitten

"'Vessel' is Rebecca's story: one of a woman who hears and answers a calling, and transforms a wildly improbable idea into a global movement."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 9, 2014 11:00 AM
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Mark Ruffalo Defends Abortion on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

The "Avengers" co-star reminds viewers that the frequent alternative to legal abortion is illegal abortion. He recalls his mother's experience of the latter, stating, "People [like my mother] would have to search out doctors at night miles away from their home in a closed-down doctor's office or motel room."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 23, 2014 2:30 PM
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Pondering Roseanne On Its 25th Anniversary

As we stare down the beginning of another grim new crop of fall television shows, the prospects this year seem even worse in part because of a looming anniversary: twenty-five years ago this October, Roseanne Barr brought us Roseanne, a revolutionary look at working-class life, and more specifically, the experiences of working-class women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Mark Ruffalo

Earlier this summer, groups of abortion rights activists organized the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride--a tour that would take groups starting in New York and San Francisco across the country to some of the most anti-abortion places in the country.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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New Trailer Watch: After Tiller Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

I saw After Tiller when it premiered at Sundance. It is a film that needs to be seen and is so relevant to our times and the continued assaults on women's reproductive freedom.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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Lana Wilson and Martha Shane's After Tiller Picked Up by Oscilloscope Laboratories

The directorial debut from Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, After Tiller, has been picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 19, 2013 12:02 PM
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Guest Post: How to Do an Abortion Plotline

When Amy tearfully asked Drew, “Do I look normal?” following her abortion procedure in the latest episode of Parenthood, it spoke to the narratives often pushed by the anti-choice movement: That abortion is not only damaging and shameful, but also irreparably changes a woman.
  • By Lauren Barbato
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  • January 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Early Look at the WIGS Channel's Celia Starring Dakota Fanning and Allison Janney

Premiering on You Tube’s WIGS channel this Friday is Celia—a short film about reproductive rights starring Dakota Fanning and Allison Janney. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (also a co-creator of WIGS) he talks about the importance of the film:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2012 9:33 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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