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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 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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Directors UK: Women Represent Only 14% of the Directors in UK TV

The problem breaks down to the usual: We hire our friends, we hate change, we didn't know, we don't know any women directors and if we knew any they wouldn't be qualified, and also women can direct only certain types of shows.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 8, 2014 10:57 AM
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MPAA Data Shows That Women Are Still The Majority of Moviegoers

So how come there are not more movies that star women?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 26, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Female Protagonists Underrepresented Onscreen Five to One

Wonder why you only see movies about men? Why the multiplex is full of superheroes? Why male role models dominate our airwaves? It's because men make up 71% of all protagonists.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 11, 2014 10:31 AM
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No Meaningful Change Over Time in Female Filmmaker Participation at the Sundance Film Festival Among New Research Released Today at Sundance

Women in Film and the Sundance Institute released the next stage of research on female filmmakers.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 20, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Celluloid Ceiling Report: No Progress in 16 Years for Women in Hollywood

Dr. Martha Lauzen: "The film industry is in a state of what might be called gender inertia. There is no evidence to suggest that women's employment in key roles has improved over the last 16 years."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2014 11:41 AM
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  • 9 Comments

Despite the Lack of Opportunities UK Female Screenwriters and Directors Are Successful

The BFI reports shows that while there are not enough opportunities for women screenwriters and directors, the films they are working on are disproportionately successful.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • November 26, 2013 10:00 AM
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Cross Post - 13 Myths Hollywood Uses to Hide Discrimination Against Women Directors

1. The number of women directors is so small because women are not really interested in directing and few women are exceptional enough to do a man's job.
  • By Maria Giese
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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  • 8 Comments

DGA Report: Women Represent Only 14% of TV Directors

The DGA has released its annual report tracking the statistics of directors on episodic TV shows for the 2012-2013 season, and the news is that there is no news. The numbers have remained pretty static since last year. In fact they have remained virtually the same for the last three years.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 3, 2013 11:00 AM
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Guest Post: Let's Change the Conversation About Women Directors

A few weeks ago, as Jane Campion's TV series Top Of The Lake drew to a close, Marie Claire UK wrote an article entitled '11 facts about the director that will blow your mind' where the second most interesting fact was her marital status.
  • By Elhum Shakerifar
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  • September 26, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women Make Small Incremental Gains Onscreen and Behind the Scenes

As the new TV season starts, we get the annual look Boxed In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes and OnScreen Women in 2012-13 Prime-time Television from Dr. Martha Lauzen at San Diego State (god bless her, she's now done this for 16 years since 1997-98) that shows how women fared behind the scenes and onscreen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 6, 2013 5:35 PM
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