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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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Women and Hollywood

Cross Post: Uppity Women: How Maya and Kathryn Bigelow Continue to Threaten the Status Quo

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”  -- Eleanor Roosevelt
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  • January 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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Brave Scores $66 Million Opening Weekend

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  • June 25, 2012 11:15 AM
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Octavia Spencer's Golden Globe Speech

I was co-hosting (they did all the work) a Golden Globe watching party last night with the National Domestic Worker's Alliance and when Octavia won the place went nuts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2012 10:43 AM
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Women and Hollywood Joins the National Domestic Workers Alliance #BeTheHelp Campaign

I have always believed that culture can help make change. I believe that you can use film and TV to move people about issues -- if you do it right. The smart folks with the National Domestic Workers Aliiance are using a cultural opportunity with the film The Help and have created the #BeTheHelp campaign to raise awareness of the real situations for domestic workers. These mostly women are part of an underground economy many times paid in cash and not given the same rights as other workers. Yet they are the life blood of families enabling parents to go to work each and every day knowing that their children are being cared for my people they trust.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 12, 2012 11:45 AM
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The Year That Was

Happy new year everyone. Thanks so much for the great support over the last year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 3, 2012 9:27 AM
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Women's Film Critics Circle Award Winners

I love the diversity of categories.  But where is the best woman director? UPDATE- the best womena director is the director of the best movie by women.  I think we name the women because people need to know their names in the same way that guys names are known.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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The Help and Bridesmaids Score Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Yesterday, the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced. Both The Help and Bridesmaids scored best ensembles nominations (which is their top award) which could be an indicator of potential Oscar love because the actors (a percentage of the SAG members pick these nominees) are the largest voting branch in the Academy. The Help actually scored the most nominations with four including both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the supporting category.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 15, 2011 9:29 AM
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AFI Picks Top TV Shows and Films of the Year

This list reminds me that even though they have been upteen articles about how women are making great strides, there is still such a long way to go, because as I look at the lists I notice that there are very few female directors and creators.
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  • December 12, 2011 10:29 AM
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Talking Oscars and Feminism with Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter

Check out this audio interview I did with Scott Feinberg - Oscar analyst at the Hollywood Reporter. We talked about the Oscar race with a feminist slant. I really enjoyed the conversation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 9, 2011 11:56 AM
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Take a Look at the Busiest Woman in Movies This Year: Jessica Chastain

If you haven't seen Jessica Chastain in a movie this year, you haven't been to the movies because she has been in five, some big and some small.  Most actors would be lucky to have one role that gets some notice, but this 30 year old woman has proved herself in all these films.  Her biggest problem this year is that she is competing with herself for an Oscar. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 8, 2011 10:58 AM
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