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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.

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Women and Hollywood

Emma Watson Takes it to the Next Level

“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am," said Watson.
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  • July 8, 2014 2:26 PM
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Quote of the Day: Dakota Fanning

"It's rare to see women in a film who are not somehow validated by a male, or discussing a male, or heartbroken by a male, or end up being happy because of a male."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Emma Thompson on Her "Militant Feminist" Stand-Up Comedy Years

She's also bracingly honest about what's wrong with actors in Hollywood.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Elle Fanning on Female Characters

"We don't always need a love interest."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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A Teachable Feminist Moment Courtesy of Shailene Woodley

Some thoughts on feminism for Shailene Woodley.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2014 5:26 PM
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  • 10 Comments

Ukraine is Not a Brothel Director Kitty Green Documents Where Feminism and Self-Objectification Meet

"I asked myself, 'How do I keep making this film if there's this kind of abusive patriarch at the helm?' I had to make a call: Do I just give up and go home because this isn't the film I thought it would be, or do I keep pursuing this and see where the girls go and see if they're ready to break free from him?"
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2014 11:57 AM
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Gemma Arterton Headed to London Stage in Made in Dagenham Musical

Arterton will play a 1960s seamstresses striking for fair wages.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 5, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson's Feminist Love Fest

Meryl Streep outed herself as Emma Thompson's biggest fan by celebrating her for being "a rabid, man eating feminist, like I am."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 2:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments

Beyonce Caps a Banner Year for Pop Feminism

It's been a great year for femme-powerment in pop.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 1:57 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Quote of the Day: Michelle Rodriguez Criticizes Guys Version of Strong Women

In a wide-ranging interview with Latina Magazine, Michelle Rodriguez proves yet again that she's one of the gutsiest actresses in Hollywood by calling out the film industry's skewed vision of "strong women." The solution? More women's voices, of course. But that means the female movers and shakers have to do their part:
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 22, 2013 11:00 AM
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