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

Interview with Freida Mock, Director of Anita

"There was so much misunderstanding, if not misinformation. So I felt it was an opportunity to tell the story of who she is, where she came from, how she ended up in the seat of power, and what her impact has been."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 19, 2014 12:02 PM
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War Zone/ Comfort Zone: Confronting the Issue of Homeless Women Veterans

How long do homeless women veterans have to wait for us to make their lives a priority?
  • By Lizzie Warren
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  • March 10, 2014 9:58 AM
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Hollywood Feminists Fire Back at Mike Huckabee's "Gender Victim" Comments

Married women comprise the vast majority -- around 77% -- of contraception users, so I guess according to Huckabee, no woman should have sex unless she is actively trying to get pregnant. (Ew, and also, how sad.)
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 24, 2014 6:00 PM
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Hillary Clinton Biopic in Talks to Shoot Next Year

Lionsgate, the studio behind "The Hunger Games," is in talks to start shooting "Rodham" next year. No actress is attached to the role.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 9:14 AM
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Quote of the Day: President Obama to Hollywood "You Help Shape the World's Culture"

President Obama to Hollywood: You Help Shape the World's Culture
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 27, 2013 11:51 AM
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More: Politics

Wadjda Rises Hackles in Saudia Arabia Just By Being Considered for an Oscar Nomination

The film Wadjda is is courting controversy within Saudia Arabia. It has been submitted for consideration for an Academy Award for best foreign language film. Not everyone at home is happy about the issues it raises.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 24, 2013 12:00 PM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Mark Ruffalo

Earlier this summer, groups of abortion rights activists organized the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride--a tour that would take groups starting in New York and San Francisco across the country to some of the most anti-abortion places in the country.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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Director Laura Poitras Is at the Center of the Biggest Political Story of the Year

The NY Times did a cover story of documentarian Laura Poitras one of the people at the center of the Edward Snowden story.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 19, 2013 2:00 PM
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Political Women on the Small Screen: Barbara Hall's Secretary of State TV Show and Hillary Clinton Miniseries Update

CBS is working with Barbara Hall, co-executive producer of Homeland, on a series about a female secretary of state. Entitled Madame Secretary, the series will follow a female secretary of state.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 19, 2013 1:46 PM
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Acquires Anita Hill Documentary

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Anita, the documentary about Anita Hill.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 15, 2013 3:30 PM
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