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

Death Walks in High Heels: The Silent Avenger of Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45

In recent years there has been a surge of renewed appreciation for the rape-revenge film, but the essential one is 'Ms. 45.'
  • By Kier-La Janisse
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  • December 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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Woman Seeks Revenge: What's the Purpose of the Rape/Revenge Horror Film?

If you want to start a spirited debate amongst horror fans, a sure fire topic to bring up is the infamous rape/revenge sub-genre probably best known because of movies like Meir Zarchi's 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave (originally titled: Day of the Woman) or Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left from 1972.
  • By Kristal Cooper
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  • October 15, 2013 2:30 PM
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Angelina Jolie Goes to the UN Security Council

Angelina Jolie took a seat before the UN Security Council to speak out against rape against women in war zones. Jolie is an ambassador for the UN high commissioner for refugees, and this was the first time she appeared before the Security Council to restify.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 12:00 PM
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Watch This: The Invisible War on PBS

Make sure to watch The Invisible War airing on PBS tonight at 10pm. It's an extremely important film that examines the rape epidemic within the U.S. military. With the increase in the sexual assault numbers and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming introduction of legislation that would give military prosecutors the power to decide which cases to try, the film's discussion is crucial.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 13, 2013 1:06 PM
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Cross Post: Tyler Perry's Rape Problem

Trigger warnings: rape, sexual assault, acquaintance rape, Tyler Perry
  • By Carolyn Edgar
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  • April 4, 2013 3:00 PM
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