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

Heroine of the Day: Deborah Copaken Kogan

Yesterday a shit bomb was dropped on the internet in the form of an essay by photographer/TV producer/novelist Deborah Copaken Kogan entitled My So-Called Post Feminist Life in Arts and Letters which was posted on the Nation's website.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: If a Man Writes About a Family, It's Like, Oh, He's Really Writing About America. If a Woman Writes About a Family, It's Just Assumed That She's Writing About Herself.

So says Jennifer Weiner who is now on her book tour for her 10th book The Next Best Thing.  All of Weiner's previous nine novels have been incredibly popular and best sellers.  She's sold 11 million books in 36 countries.  But she's pissed because the NY Times doesn't rate her books (or book like hers) as high on their best selling list as other best selling lists do. (See her keynote from the Book Expo America which goes into depth on this issue.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 10, 2012 12:42 PM
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Author Jennifer Weiner Keynotes BookExpo America's 2012 Bloggers Conference

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 5, 2012 10:57 AM
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Guest Post: Raven Symone Plays Georgia...Sticky Issue for Feminists? by Emilie Spiegel

Last week, the Raven Symone series created by chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner, State of Georgia, premiered on ABC Family. Symone plays Georgia, a young woman who’s recently moved to NYC to pursue an acting career. As written, the character of Georgia is meant to be voluptuous -- a quality she embraces yet one that some casting directors reject.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 6, 2011 2:17 AM
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