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 High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury to Receive Academy's Governors Awards

Angelina Jolie and Angela Lansbury will be receiving awards at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 12:45 PM
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A Open Letter to Cheryl Boone Isaacs: Remember the Ladies

Yesterday marked the first day of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs' tenure and she made the press rounds to talk about her priorities and goals for her new job.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 1, 2013 3:00 PM
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An African American Woman -- Cheryl Boone Isaacs -- Wins the Presidency of the Academy

It's literally a new day at the Academy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2013 10:02 AM
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