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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Quote of the Day: Christina Hendricks: "There's Sexual Harassment at Work Every Single Day" in Hollywood

"All day long."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 6, 2014 10:00 AM
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Quotes of the Day: Zoe Saldana on Hollywood Sexism and Ageism

"A woman is not an incompetent, impotent, inept creature. Yet half of the scripts you read in Hollywood have [subservient] characters.”
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 2:53 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Mansplaining Away Hollywood Misogyny

Seth Rogen's hissy fit aside, Ann Hornaday addresses some very important issues about misogyny and Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 27, 2014 2:06 PM
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  • 37 Comments

Crosspost: GendRE & IMDb: An Open-Data Analysis of the Film Industry Gender Gap

Hollywood inequality in irrefutable chart form.
  • By Elena Rossini
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  • May 22, 2014 12:30 PM
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Quote of the Day: Jane Campion Acknowledges the "Inherent Sexism" of the Film Industry At Cannes

"Excuse me gentlemen, but the guys seem to eat all the cake."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 14, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Unbelievable Privilege of Being a Male Director

Why are male directors with no experience seen as less of a risk than women with experience?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 14, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 52 Comments
More: Sexism

Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott School Hollywood

The Times critics lambast Hollywood on the treatment of women in film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Aaron Sorkin Mansplains Hollywood

One of the privileged few illuminates the problems for the rest of us.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 24, 2014 12:30 PM
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  • 13 Comments

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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  • 10 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

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