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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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Guest Post: Bechdel Ain’t Just for the Ladies: Westerns, and Protagonists Who Are Not Like Me

What if the stereotypical white male "empathy deficiency" is not at all innate, but a social distinction engendered by the stories we tell?
  • By Debs Paterson
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  • July 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Fun Home is Coming to Broadway: The Graphic Memoir Turned Musical Aims to Open in Spring 2015

Based on the beloved graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home" is described as a "fresh, daring new musical."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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Lego Movie Sequel Director Regretful Original Film Fails Bechdel Test, Wants to Do Better

"We were always constantly saying to ourselves, 'Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?'"
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Continuing Case for Having More Women in Film

The folks at 538.com prove that movies that star women who talk to each other about something other than a man are box office successes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 2, 2014 12:08 PM
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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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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Bechdel Test is a Good Indicator of Box Office Performance

Movies that pass the Bechdel test make significantly more money than movies that fail the test.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 3, 2014 3:00 PM
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My Latest Forbes Column: A Closer Look at the Bechdel Rating

Last week four non-profit movie theatres in Sweden (yes, Sweden again) released a ratings system named after the Bechdel Test. For those uninitiated, to pass the Bechdel Test, a film has to have two named female characters talk to each other about something other than a man
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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Swedish Cinemas Push Hard for Gender Equity

What is it about Sweden? What's in the water? On the heels of my recent piece about what the Swedish government is doing to combat the gender disparity in the directing ranks, now comes news that four Swedish cinemas are creating a gender rating for films using the Bechdel Test as the criteria.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 6, 2013 10:46 AM
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Screenwriter John August Ponders the Bechdel Test

I haven't written anything before about the Bechdel test which in a nutshell is a way of determining if women matter in a film. The test was designed by cartoonist Alison Bechdel and it has become legendary.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2010 10:51 AM
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