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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Why Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Should Host the Golden Globes Forever

Poehler and Fey used their moment in the spotlight to remind us and their industry colleagues that even though there were a lot of women in the room, there are still monumental inequities in the way women are treated in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2014 11:27 AM
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Golden Globe Noms Reflect the Status Quo of Hollywood Sexism

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards have us excited about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's return to hosting duties and... that's about it. With no women directors of live-action films or female screenwriters among the film nominees, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association inadvertently exposed the Grand Canyon-esque gender gaps in the movie industry.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 11:00 AM
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Cross Post: The Brave One

Hard as it may be to believe, I won’t remember the 70th annual Golden Globes Awards for my beloved Tina Fey. Or Amy Poehler. Or Sofia Vergara’s golden globes. I mean, sure, they were all spectacular. And Tina and Amy should host everything ever always. Period. Full stop. But what I will remember and still can’t stop thinking about is the amazing acceptance speech and coming out of Jodie Foster. It was extraordinary on so many levels, none the least of which being that I never, ever, not in a million years thought it would happen.
  • By Dorothy Snarker
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  • January 15, 2013 1:03 PM
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Thoughts on the Golden Globes - Girls Literally Ruled

Last night, I ended up watching the Golden Globes in real time (with the commercials too.) The reason why that was possible was because of twitter and because I was having such a good time watching the show.  It felt lighter than in years past.  I am guessing a lot of that had to do with the tone that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their terrific opening monologue (which you can see below and is worth another watch.)  They told some really funny jokes and the one I enjoyed most was their statement of support for Kathryn Bigelow.  "When it comes to torture I trust the lady that spent 3 years married to James Cameron."  Awesome.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2013 11:00 AM
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Watch This: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Talk Hosting the Golden Globes

If the previously released promo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the Golden Globes didn't get you excited for their upcoming hosting gig, then the video below should. The hilarious duo discuss their motivations for hosting, Tina's desire to win Best Picture as a person and Amy's future friendship with Angelina Jolie.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 4, 2013 12:40 PM
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Golden Globe Noms Out But Who Cares We've Got a Video With Tina and Amy

I kind of think that the awards will be the after story of this year's Golden Globe ceremony which is scheduled for Janaury 13.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2012 4:20 PM
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Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

Adding more lady power to the evening, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that they will be honoring Jodie Foster with the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Co-Host Golden Globe Awards

In contrast to the Oscars which went with Seth MacFarlane as its host, The Golden Globes went for peak vagina by announcing that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting their 70th anniversary show on January 13.  
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 16, 2012 9:30 AM
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Octavia Spencer's Golden Globe Speech

I was co-hosting (they did all the work) a Golden Globe watching party last night with the National Domestic Worker's Alliance and when Octavia won the place went nuts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2012 10:43 AM
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Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Winning Speech

Meryl Streep won best actress in a drama for The Iron Lady. In her speech she acknowledged all her fellow nominees and the other terrific female performances from this year. And how about her shout out to Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2012 10:10 AM
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