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

Orange is the New Black, Scandal, Borgen Among Peabody Winners

Nearly half of the Peabody winners this year are by and/or about women.
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  • April 2, 2014 2:30 PM
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TV: More Female Politicos to Run the Small Screen

Call it the "Scandal" effect.
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  • January 28, 2014 11:56 AM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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5 TV Women to be Thankful for This Thanksgivukkah

On TV, women have stepped up as innovative showrunners and sought-after directors and have found increasingly rich parts as actresses. So for Thanksgiving, here are five women in television I’m remarkably glad are making it better for the rest of us:
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • November 27, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Double Standards for TV's Male and Female Politicians

The storylines of female-politican characters on 'Scandal' and 'Alpha House' are a clear and sometimes funny reminder of why men can take higher office for granted, while women still have to work twice as hard for half the respect.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • November 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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Shonda Rhimes to Publish Memoir About TV Writing and Single Motherhood

If it wasn't yet clear that Shonda Rhimes is a celebrity in her own right, here's another sign: the 'Scandal 'creator has signed a book deal, a la Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, that will detail her rise in TV and her growth as a single mom.
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  • November 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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Ava DuVernay on Directing Tonight's Scandal Episode

Middle of Nowhere director and Women and Hollywood hero Ava DuVernay helmed tonight's episode of ABC's Scandal. DuVernay spoke to us about her own Scandal fandom, Shonda Rhimes' bad-assery, and why we're all addicted to Washington's fiercest gladiators.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Shonda Rhimes to Write Film Script About Female War Correspondents

Shonda Rhimes is returning to movies. She began her career writing Crossroads and Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement before changing our television screens with hit shows Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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  • July 31, 2013 1:00 PM
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Kerry Washington Covers Vanity Fair

Kerry Washington has been covering some major magazines as of late. In May, she was on the cover of Elle and now she's on this month's cover of Vanity Fair.
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  • July 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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Talking Shonda Rhimes' Scandal on Melissa Harris-Perry

On this last week's Melissa Harris-Perry show she devoted a whole segment to Shonda Rhimes' show Scandal. In the segment she is joined by Andrea Plaid, Heather McGee, Joy-Ann Reid and Janet Mock.
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  • April 11, 2013 11:30 AM
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