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

Dispatch from the Game Developers Conference: #1ReasonToBe a Woman in Gaming

Why awards for gender-equality progress should go to men and just going to work can be a feminist act.
  • By Laura Karpman
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  • March 25, 2014 1:30 PM
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Watch This: Anita Sarkeessian Posts Brilliant New Video about the "Ms. Male Character"

True Canadian-American Hero Anita Sarkeesian delivers another whip-smart, nuanced, and necessary critique of sexism in the gaming industry, this time about a trope she calls the "Ms. Male Character."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 20, 2013 1:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Aisha Tyler Masterfully Calls Out Her Haters

We are just so impressed with Aisha Tyler, comedian and actress. Turns out Tyler is also a huge gamer and while some folks in the community were receptive about her being invited to host the 2012 E3 press conference, other were not so pleased. In typical troll fashion, she received a ton of comments complaining that she knew nothing about gaming. Tyler responded to her haters on Facebook in a perfect takedown of their "complaints." Even though this is a year old, it is extremely relevant and brave.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 3, 2013 1:30 PM
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Watch This: Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes Vs Women: Damsel in Distress

Watch Anita Sarkeesian's great takedown of gendered tropes in video games in her new series, Tropes Vs. Women, a Kickstarter funded video series dedicated to analyzing the plot devices and patterns that female characters are most commonly associated with in video games.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 12, 2013 11:29 AM
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