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

Geena Davis: "We Are Enculturating Kids to See Women and Girls as Not Taking Up Half the Space"

The problem isn't just that female characters were being sidelined by male protagonists, but that "the fictitious villages and jungles and kingdoms and interplanetary civilizations [in the movies] were nearly bereft of female population," even in family films.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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Infographic: Gender Inequality in Hollywood (It's Worse than You Think)

In honor of ´╗┐'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire´╗┐,' the blockbuster success of which should disprove every industry myth about women-led films being unprofitable, the New York Film Academy shares this wonderful infographic to bring awareness about the continuing entrenched sexism in Hollywood.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 3:00 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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