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

Dreamworks to Make Adventure Movie With Black Girl Protagonist

Voice talents will include Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, and Jim Parsons.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 17, 2014 12:30 PM
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Infographic: Black Inequality in Film

Unfortunately, stereotypes about absent fathers and promiscuous women prevail.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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90% of Summer 2014 Studio Movies Directed by White Guys

"Jupiter Ascending" helmer Lana Wachowski, along with brother Andy, is the sole female director of the summer's big movies.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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Watch: How Kamala Khan Is Changing Comics and Readers

Kamala Khan isn't just the first Muslim superheroine -- she's a one-girl revolution.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 8, 2014 1:00 PM
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TV: Latina Women Demand SNL Hire Latina Comedienne After Offensive Caricature

#StillNoLatinas was launched after the March 8 episode, which featured an airheaded beauty-pageant type named Marisol who spoke English loudly and poorly.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 1:01 PM
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  • 4 Comments

WGA Lobbying for NY Tax Breaks for Diverse Writers' Rooms

The proposed amendment would offer up to $50,000 in tax breaks to reimburse a female and/or nonwhite writer's fees and salary.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 25, 2014 12:30 PM
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Women Comprise Majority of WGA's 2014 Writer Access Project Honorees

The Writer Access Project discovers and awards mid-level writers from one of five diversity categories, including women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 19, 2014 11:00 AM
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Still No Plans for a Marvel Superheroine Movie

You'd think female superheroes were invisible or something.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 18, 2014 12:39 PM
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  • 3 Comments

TV: The "Golden Age of Television" is Really White and Really Male

We're really living in a Golden Age of Discrimination.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 7, 2014 3:18 PM
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  • 37 Comments

Trailer Watch: Quvenzhane Wallis in Annie

Wallis is perfectly charming and Cameron Diaz winsomely grouchy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 6, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

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