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

Divergent Leaps to the Top of the Box Office; Sequel Planned

Critics may not have liked Divergent, but audiences sure did.
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  • March 24, 2014 10:42 AM
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How the Demise of the Romantic Comedy Will Affect Women

Some reasons behind the death of a genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2014 11:15 AM
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Sarah Polley, Nicole Holofcener, Sandra Bullock Big Winners of AWFJ Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their award winners, among whom Sarah Polley ("Stories We Tell") was the only winner of a category not specifically designated for a women. Nicole Holofcener swept the writing and direcing categories in the "Female Focus" portion of the awards for her winsome romantic comedy "Enough Said."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 3:00 PM
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Crosspost: Heroines of Cinema: An A to Z of Women in Film in 2013

A mere sample of the films worth seeing, the talents worth tracking, the prejudices worth fighting, and the debates worth having if you care about women and their role in this simultaneously depressing and inspiring industry.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • December 13, 2013 3:05 PM
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EDA Awards Honor Women Directors and Writers, Names Actresses Who Need New Agents

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their Best-of-2013 list.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 13, 2013 1:30 PM
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Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis: "The Movie Industry is Failing Women"

In response to the paltry showing of women directors among studio and indie films, New York Times chief film critic Manohla Dargis said, "The movie industry is failing women. And until the industry starts making serious changes, nothing is going to change."
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • December 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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RogerEbert.com Devoting This Week to Women Critics

To draw attention to the severe gender imbalance in criticism and allow women critics a few more virtual column inches, Chaz Ebert announced a new initiative at RogerEbert.com today:
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 3:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis Putting the Button on Blue

Manohla Dargis has had some issues with the film Blue is the Warmest Color (which did very well at the box office in the US where it opened this weekend) since she saw it back in Cannes in May.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 28, 2013 11:00 AM
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Women Critics Give Advice for Aspiring Critics

Every week Criticwire asks a handful of critics a question and publishes their responses. This week they asked critics what advice they would give to aspiring critics. We've highlighted the advice from the female critics.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 11:15 AM
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