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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Quotes of the Day: Zoe Saldana on Hollywood Sexism and Ageism

"A woman is not an incompetent, impotent, inept creature. Yet half of the scripts you read in Hollywood have [subservient] characters.”
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 2:53 PM
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Trailer Watch: Robin Wright Animates Herself in The Congress

Wright plays a version of herself who undergoes cartoon-ification to prolong her stalled career and save her son.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 28, 2014 4:12 PM
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Guest Post: Younger: From Novel to TV Show in 527 Easy Steps

I imagined "Younger" as a TV show or movie almost before I thought of it as a book. It's the kind of high-concept idea that's a natural for the screen: a 40-something mom pretends to be younger to get a job and ends up with a secret 20-something life.
  • By Pamela Redmond Satran
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  • April 18, 2014 12:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Emma Thompson on Fighting for Female Roles and Women's Rights

Thompson also shares how her mom challenged her to grow as an actress.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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Crosspost: Heroines of Cinema: An A to Z of Women in Film in 2013

A mere sample of the films worth seeing, the talents worth tracking, the prejudices worth fighting, and the debates worth having if you care about women and their role in this simultaneously depressing and inspiring industry.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • December 13, 2013 3:05 PM
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Women, Aging and Hollywood

In recent interviews, both Kim Cattrall and Susan Sarandon have both spoken about aging in Hollywood. Neither had good things to say about their experiences.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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Today's Disconnect - Do Actresses Have Clout or Not?

Last week when I was in LA I read the following two articles on the same day.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2013 1:30 PM
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Geena Davis Speaks About the Lack of Opportunities for Women in Hollywood at the MPAA

Last week, in a conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLaura, D-Conn., Geena Davis spoke to the Motion Picture Association of American about the lack of opportunities and the dismal statistics for women working in Hollywood. Davis touched upon many topics including ageism in Hollywood and citing her own experiences trying to get parts as she's aged.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 3, 2013 12:46 PM
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Julianne Moore on Women and Aging in Hollywood

We didn't think that it was possible for Julianne Moore to be even more incredible. The acclaimed actress recently did an interview with DuJour magazine for their June issue. In it the interviewer asks Moore some apparently standard lady celebrity questions about aging and motherhood.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 24, 2013 1:30 PM
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British Study Shows Older Women are Pushed Off Screen

A British study showed that as women television hosts age, they are increasingly pushed off screen. The study, which looked at BBC, Sky, ITN and Channel 5, tallied that out of 481 presenters at all the networks only 26 women over 50 are regularly on screen.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 20, 2013 12:30 PM
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