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

New Clip from Mara Brock Akil's Being Mary Jane - Starring Gabrielle Union

We reported back in September that powerhouse Mara Brock Akil with husband/development partner Salim Akil were creating a new show for BET, Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union.
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  • May 29, 2013 2:18 PM
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Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, America Ferrera and Gabrielle Union Join The Respect Challenge

Some of our favorite actresses have joined The Respect Challenge, a campaign created by the non-profit Futures Without Violence. The campaign is designed to celebrate everyday heroes--someone who has taught you the lesson of respect.
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  • September 28, 2012 1:00 PM
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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil's Being Mary Jane Will Open Urbanworld Film Festival and Air on BET

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s, Being Mary Jane, is opening the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival.
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  • September 13, 2012 12:39 PM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union has become one of the few celebrity voices speaking out on behalf of the Congressional campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. No matter what you believe about abortion, 97% of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with abortion. It provides basic, affordable health care to lots of women who would otherwise not get any. This is not rocket science. This is an assault on women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 28, 2011 1:43 AM
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