Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

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.

Email Melissa

Women and Hollywood

Watch: "Women in Refrigerators" Supercut: Female Characters Killed to Give Male Characters Depth

"Women in refrigerators" is "shorthand for female characters forced to suffer through rape, torture, and even murder to give their male counterparts convincing motivation and/or emotional depth." A new video is an infuriating reminder of how female characters are (under)utilized and (under)valued onscreen.
  • By Laura Berger
  • |
  • August 22, 2014 11:00 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Quote of the Day: Elle Fanning on Female Characters

"We don't always need a love interest."
  • By Laura Berger
  • |
  • May 15, 2014 1:00 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Guest Post: For Female Indie Filmmakers, The Woman-Child Wins: Obvious Child and Zero Motivation

Though the man-child has been plastered on the big screen, the woman-child rarely makes it up there. Generally peered at through the almighty male gaze, she is either secluded onto an easily toppled romantic pedestal or tossed aside into the supporting category of awkward unsexual female friends.
  • By Diana Drumm
  • |
  • May 14, 2014 3:00 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Be Top Grossing Movie of 2013, Frozen Surges to #4

Variety predicts that "Catching Fire," which has thus far grossed $407.5 million domestically, will soon overtake Iron Man 3 as 2013's top-earning movie later this week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
  • |
  • January 6, 2014 11:54 AM
  • |
  • 8 Comments

Make Her as Likeable as Possible and Other Advice Filmmakers Should Ignore

"Soften her." "Tone her down." "She is so shrill."
  • By Sarah Knight
  • |
  • January 2, 2014 1:30 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Weekly Update April 12: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
  • |
  • April 12, 2013 2:00 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Watch This: Ellen Announces Finding Dory

A couple days ago, Ellen announced the long awaited sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. The sequel, Finding Dory, will focus heavily on Ellen's character Dory from the first film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
  • |
  • April 8, 2013 1:00 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Danny Boyle Talks About the Need for Better Female Characters

Recently, Jessica Chastain talked about how she feels that roles for women have taken a step back, and it looks as if Oscar winning director Danny Boyle agrees with her. Boyle, known for his films Trainspotting and and Slumdog Millionaire, discussed the subject of female characters in reagards to his latest film, Trance.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
  • |
  • April 3, 2013 1:00 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Cross Post: Chastain, "Roles for Women Have Taken a Step Back"

It's refreshing to read a quote from an actress working today willing to criticize the kinds of roles offered to women now in Hollywood. Sure, it's easy to get attention if you put on a bikini or a talk about sex. But women as actual people in film now? RARE. Said Chastain:
  • By Sasha Stone
  • |
  • April 2, 2013 11:30 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

Guest Post: Wanted: Female Astronauts: Geena Davis Celebrates "Add Female Characters" Month at Third Symposium on Gender in the Media

Did you know that November is Add Female Characters Month?  It is according to Geena Davis, who took over the back page of Variety to declare it such. The ad ran on Tuesday, November 13, the same day that Davis hosted the Third Symposium on Gender in Media at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel.
  • By Kim Adelman
  • |
  • November 15, 2012 2:24 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Email Updates