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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Shonda Rhimes "Honored" and "Pissed Off" at DGA Awards

Rhimes "felt honored" receiving the Diversity Award, but "I was also a little pissed off." "There shouldn't need to be an award. Its very shocking to us that there is much of this lack of diversity in Hollywood in 2014."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 12:30 PM
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To Sue Or Not to Sue: What History Teaches Us About Equality in Hollywood

Thirty years after a landmark lawsuit, the number of working women directors in the DGA has gone down. Today, only 12-14% of TV episodes are directed by women -- an unfortunate reversal during a time of unprecedented industry growth and abundance, particularly in television. Why?
  • By Maria Giese
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  • January 20, 2014 11:17 AM
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An Oscar-Nominated Director Gets Real About How Women Are Treated in Hollywood

If Hollywood were serious about diversity, it wouldn't fail at every turn.
  • By Lexi Alexander
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  • January 14, 2014 10:54 AM
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Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Jehane Noujaim are DGA Doc Nominees

Jehane Noujaim's "The Square," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel" are three among the five nonfiction films to receive a Best Documentary nod from the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 13, 2014 4:30 PM
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Women Directors Nominated in Nearly Every Narrative Category at DGA-TV Awards

Women directors are represented in every category for fiction shows.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 13, 2014 10:00 AM
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The New DGA/Studio Agreement: Nothing New for Women

What new groundwork has been laid in the most recent DGA contract negotiations to fight discrimination against women directors? None at all.
  • By Maria Giese
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  • January 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers to Receive DGA Diversity Award

Rhimes and her producing partner Betsy Beers will be honored by the Directors Guild of America for "their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities, and for the example they set for the rest of the industry."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 1:00 PM
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Lena Dunham’s Big Week: DGA Win, New Show and Entertainment Weekly Cover Story

Things for Lena Dunham are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down—within the past week, she’s won a DGA, is developing a new show for HBO, is Entertainment Weekly’s cover girl and had a truly terrific episode of Girls air.  
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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Lauren Greenfield and Alison Klayman Receive DGA Nominations for Best Documentary

Earlier this week, the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for best documentary. They’ve previously announced the nominees for film and television. Two women were nominated out of the five nominees which also includes Kirby Dick’s Academy Award nominated film The Invisible War.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 16, 2013 11:30 AM
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DGA Announces Television and Commercial Award Nominees

Earlier this week the Directors Guild of America announced their film nominees. In addition, they also announced nominees for television and commercials. There are quite a few women nominated for the awards including Lena Dunham for Girls.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 11, 2013 10:15 AM
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