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

Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed; Only Two Women Directors in the Main Competition

On the PR bullshit of Cannes festival Thierry Fremaux and the myth of "good enough."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 9:55 AM
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  • 7 Comments

Spotlight on Sexism: Hollywood's Lighting Departments

Just 3% of Hollywood's set lighting union are female.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Manohla Dargis on the Perks of Being a Male Director

"In the magical world of big-screen entertainment, some guys get all the breaks and also the keys to the studio gate, meaning a franchise like this."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 7, 2014 12:27 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Can Women Drive Studio Movie Decision Making?

Women and Hollywood is continuing the fight for more female protagonists and a greater diversity of women on screen and in all positions in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 12:20 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Jem and the Holograms Movie to Be Made Without Female Creator Christy Marx

A female creative left out of the project.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 21, 2014 2:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments
More: Sexism

Guest Post: Pass the Bechdel Test - A Grassroots Campaign Aimed at the Film Industry

The responsibility should lie with artists, not audiences.
  • By Sarah Steel
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  • March 14, 2014 11:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

In Honor of International Women's Day: Here Are the Things You Can Do to Support Female Filmmakers and Female Films

Things we can all do to change the world for films by and about women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2014 10:28 AM
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  • 6 Comments
More: Sexism

Suck It, Haters: Female-Led Films Make More Money

20% more money, in fact.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Study Finds Lead Actresses Get Less Screen Time Than Lead Actors

When is a lead actress not the center of her film? When she's in Hollywood.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 12:37 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Sally Potter on the Cast Iron Ceiling for Women Directors

Sally Potter shares thoughts on why women directors don't get more opportunities.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 26, 2014 3:00 PM
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  • 0 Comments

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