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

Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling Talk Feminism, Role Models, and Being the Boss

The two showrunner-stars were eager to discuss a variety of female-centric topics, including the the difficulty of confronting sexism in the media, the temptation to judge other women for hampering feminist progress, and their shared love for their mothers and Nora Ephron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 12, 2013 2:00 PM
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Jess and Mindy -- A Look at the Progression of Female Comedy Characters

Much of the conversation about Fox's Tuesday night comedy lineup focused on two shows by and starring men, the execrable sitcom Dads, which appears to have imported its jokes from Archie Bunker's subconscious while forgetting that Archie himself was meant to be the butt of the joke, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine...
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 19, 2013 2:00 PM
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TV News Roundup for September 13th: Lauren Iungerich's New Comedy, Katherine Heigl as CIA Officer and Tina Gordon Chism to HBO

Here's some of the most notable TV news from the past week including Katherine Heigl's return to television, Tina Gordon Chism developing a comedy series at HBO, Awkward's Lauren Iungerich receiving a put pilot deal for her new comedy at ABC and the second season premiere of Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project is available to watch on Hulu.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 13, 2013 2:45 PM
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Guest Post: What Women (and Men) Want: And Why That's the Secret to Getting Back Together With the All-But-Dead Genre of Romantic Comedy

Mindy's dilemma, however, also reflects a wider anxiety surrounding the withering state of the cinematic tradition known as the romantic comedy. As Nora Ephron's second-most-classic rom-com Sleepless in Seattle celebrates its 20th anniversary, it's even more painfully clear that the honeymoon is over for the genre.
  • By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
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  • July 1, 2013 1:05 PM
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