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

2013 Emmy Wrap-up

When did watching the Emmy's become so painful? It wasn't that I was offended like I was at the last Oscar telecast, but I found the whole thing a bit of a bore. I hate that they put in the dance numbers and then didn't let us hear the all the winners' thoughts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 Emmy Nominated Women React to Nominations

As we reported yesterday, the caliber, talent and diversity of women nominated for the 2013 Emmy Awards is incredible. We have writers and directors like Lena Dunham and Allison Anders earning nominations hoping to chip away at the dismal numbers for women in those categories.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 19, 2013 12:45 PM
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Looking at the 2013 Emmy Nominated Women

Looking at this year's Emmy Awards a couple of things are clear. TV, like films has changed. Cable had been infiltrating the Emmy's for years but now there is Netflix, maybe soon Hulu, and of late, the broadcast networks are lucky to be invited to the party anymore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 18, 2013 12:00 PM
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