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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Viola Davis to Star in Shonda Rhimes' Next Show

The return of "Scandal" tomorrow night isn't the only good news coming out of Shondaland.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 26, 2014 12:21 PM
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NAACP Awards: Black Women Creators Thrive in TV

Shonda Rhimes' "Scandal" took home Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, while black women helmers took home the two main TV directing prizes (Milicent Shelton for "The Hustle" and Regina King for "Southland").
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 24, 2014 12:26 PM
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Shonda Rhimes "Honored" and "Pissed Off" at DGA Awards

Rhimes "felt honored" receiving the Diversity Award, but "I was also a little pissed off." "There shouldn't need to be an award. Its very shocking to us that there is much of this lack of diversity in Hollywood in 2014."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 12:30 PM
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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.)
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  • January 24, 2014 6:00 PM
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Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Jehane Noujaim are DGA Doc Nominees

Jehane Noujaim's "The Square," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel" are three among the five nonfiction films to receive a Best Documentary nod from the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 13, 2014 4:30 PM
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TV: The Women-Created Network Shows in Contention for Fall 2014

About 40% of them (11 of 26) feature women creators, showrunners, and/or executive producers, and four boast series commitments or straight-to-series deals.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 2:27 PM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers to Receive DGA Diversity Award

Rhimes and her producing partner Betsy Beers will be honored by the Directors Guild of America for "their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities, and for the example they set for the rest of the industry."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 1:00 PM
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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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