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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

The Continuing Case for Having More Women in Film

The folks at 538.com prove that movies that star women who talk to each other about something other than a man are box office successes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 2, 2014 12:08 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Can Women Drive Studio Movie Decision Making?

Women and Hollywood is continuing the fight for more female protagonists and a greater diversity of women on screen and in all positions in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 12:20 PM
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  • 4 Comments

MPAA Data Shows That Women Are Still The Majority of Moviegoers

So how come there are not more movies that star women?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 26, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Manohla Dargis Hits It on the Head (Again) With Her Review of Divergent

Women are not a niche and can be leads of all kinds of movies -- big and small.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 23, 2014 8:58 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Will Divergent be the Next YA Phenom?

Advance ticket sales suggest probably.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 21, 2014 1:06 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Frozen Estimated to Become Highest-Grossing Movie in Disney History

Who knew that the best holiday gift Disney could give itself was turning its back on its past?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 20, 2014 3:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Suck It, Haters: Female-Led Films Make More Money

20% more money, in fact.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 11 Comments

Frozen is First Woman-Directed Movie to Make $1 Billion

Women want to see movies about women, duh.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 10:27 AM
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  • 0 Comments

When Does a Fluke Officially Become a Trend?

Will the success of Frozen and Catching Fire finally allow Hollywood to see women's films as a trend and not just another successful fluke?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 11, 2013 11:00 AM
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Why Big Weekend For Frozen And Catching Fire Is A Great Thing For Women In Hollywood

This past weekend was a record breaker at the box office for films starring female characters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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