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

Study: French Film Industry Suffers Gender Gap in Employment, Budgets

French women directors are much better represented in their industry than their counterparts in many other countries, but they still have a ways to go.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 2:04 PM
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Unifrance Exec Spotlights French and American Women Directors

"Since we have a new generation of women being more and more creative and influential in the French film industry, we thought it might be a good idea to present some of them during the Rendez-Vous film festival and share our views and experiences with US women directors."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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France Pushes for Gender Equality in the Film Industry

France is setting up a sex equality charter for improving the numbers of women working within the film industry.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 16, 2013 12:15 PM
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