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

Dear Will Ferrell: Depicting Sexism Isn't Enough

Watching men being called out on their sexism has its own small satisfactions, but I'd rather watch fully developed female protagonists.
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  • April 4, 2014 1:59 PM
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Trailer Watch: Maidentrip

In 2010, Laura Dekker made history by becoming the youngest person to sail around the world. Jillian Schlesinger's documentary is a collaboration with the young Dutch traveler, who captured the images on screen herself and answered questions the filmmaker had written down in front of the camera during her trip.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 7, 2013 10:00 AM
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Inspirational Woman of the Day: Diana Nyad

There is no better way to start the fall off than with a dose of some serious inspiration. Diana Nyad, on her fifth attempt (the first one was in 1978), accomplished a lifelong dream -- to swim from Cuba to Key West. She is 64 years old. She swam 110 miles. She was stung by jellyfish. She evaded sharks. She went 55 hours in the water.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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The 99ers Premieres Tonight on ESPN

This is a terrific documentary that highlights the true friendships that these women created and asks an important question about whether what they accomplished was an anomaly or the beginning of something. As Michelle Akers says it is both. These women were both. They were anomalies AND the were also the beginning.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 20, 2013 2:30 PM
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Billie Jean King Talks Coming Out and Tennis for Upcoming PBS Special

Iconic tennis player, Billie Jean King, spoke at the PBS TCA panel yesterday for her upcoming American Masters special.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 8, 2013 10:00 AM
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Nine for IX: Swoopes Directed by Hannah Storm Premieres July 30

Sheryl Swoopes is one of the greatest women's basketball players to have ever graced the court. Those early seasons after she had her son and she was playing on the Houston Comets when nobody paid attention to women's basketball were amazing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Billie Jean King

For the first time, PBS' American Masters series is profiling a sports figure and we are glad that they chose Billie Jean King.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 17, 2013 10:35 AM
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Nine for IX: Let Them Wear Towels Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern Premieres Tonight on ESPN

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Interview with Ava DuVernay - Director of Venus Vs.

Venus Vs.shows an unexpected side of Venus Williams. The film is all about the fight for equal pay for women in tennis. Billie Jean King led the charge in her day and the US Open started to pay the women and the men the same. But not Wimbledon. It took Venus Williams to carry on Billie Jean's legacy and help women reach the finish line for pay equity.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Hot Flashes - Directed by Susan Seidelman

The Hot Flashes, directed by Susan Seidelman, follows a group of middle-aged women, all former high school basketball champions, who take up the basketball after many years and challenge the current high school team to raise awareness and funds for a mobile breast cancer service van.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 9:58 AM
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