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

Julianne Nicholson on August: Osage County, Masters of Sex, and Aging in Hollywood

"Sticking in this industry, which is not always very kind to women, makes me feel good. I feel like things are definitely better for me now at 42 than they were at 22. "
  • By Laura Berger
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  • April 11, 2014 10:00 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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Why Characters Like Masters Of Sex's Virginia Johnson Matter

On September 29 at 10PM, when Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) walks briskly through the halls of a St. Louis hospital as she goes about her duties as the assistant to Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen), the sound of her clicking heels signals the arrival of Masters of Sex...
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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