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Melissa Silverstein

Melissa Silverstein

Melissa Silverstein is a writer and speaker with an extensive expertise in the area of women and Hollywood. She 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 the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival -- A Celebration of Women and Leadership  at Barnard College in New York City. The fifth annual festival will take place February 5-8, 2015.

She is the Entertainment Correspondent for WMC Live With Robin Morgan and was selected to be a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, the major film diplomacy program of the US Department of State. And she recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of more than 40 interviews that have appeared on the site. Twitter: @melsil

Melissa Silverstein is a WMC SheSource expert on Pop Culture and Gender Stereotypes in the Arts and Pop Culture. 


Featured Columns

How a Woman Director Found Her Voice

How a Woman Director Found Her Voice

October 28, 2014

The author, Women and Hollywood founder and editor Melissa Silverstein, profiles Belle director Amma Asante, who is one of the honorees at this week’s WMC Women’s Media Awards. More »

A Feminist Film Festival With a Different Take

A Feminist Film Festival With a Different Take

February 8, 2012

The Athena Film Festival, opening in its second year this week at Barnard College, is designed to advance a national conversation on women and leadership, as its cofounder Melissa Silverstein explains. More »

The Lilly Awards Honor Women in Theatre

The Lilly Awards Honor Women in Theatre

June 3, 2010

Preempting the male bastion that dominates the Tony Awards, supporters of women playwrights took matters into their own hands, as Women and Hollywood blogger Melissa Silverstein explains. More »

A Transformative Oscar Moment?

A Transformative Oscar Moment?

March 1, 2010

Women & Hollywood’s blogger here assesses the implications of a historic win for Kathryn Bigelow. More »

Celebrating Women’s Media Successes

Celebrating Women’s Media Successes

June 19, 2009

WMC’s first awards event honored the best work by women in news and entertainment. The recipients, however, cautioned those assembled to pay tribute: many barriers remain. More »

A Theatre Season To Savor

A Theatre Season To Savor

June 5, 2009

As Broadway celebrates with the Tony Awards Sunday night, the nominations recognize some, but hardly all, of women’s great successes in theatre during the last year. The author analyzes why an industry that is bucking the economic downturn continues to shortchange productions by and about women. More »

Reflections on the Observe and Report Date-Rape Controversy

Reflections on the Observe and Report Date-Rape Controversy

April 27, 2009

Pondering the Chick Flick

March 23, 2009

Call it what you like, the genre comes with both good and bad traits. The author suggests that we reward Hollywood at the box office only when it resists its misogynistic tendencies. More »

Frozen River: Oscar’s 2009 Cinderella Story

February 13, 2009

A small budget movie breaks every conventional rule for success, and its writer and director, Courtney Hunt, is riding high—whether or not her film wins awards next week. More »

Keeping Hold of Your Vision—the Making of Hounddog

September 17, 2008

One of the dirty secrets of the film business is that it takes women directors a long time to get their films made. The Women, which opened recently, took Diane English 14 years to bring to the screen; other examples include Tamara Jenkins award-winning The Savagesand Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss, which took 10 years each. Writer/director Deborah Kampmeier joins this illustrious club with her own decade long trek to see her filmHounddog starring Dakota Fanning finally released in theatres. More »

Women Ahead of the (Blog) Curve

July 24, 2008

Four years ago Lisa Stone, Jory des Jardins and Elisa Camahort Page wanted to settle the annoying question they were constantly hearing: where are the women bloggers? So they put out a call, on their blogs of course, asking women if they would come to a conference, and, as Elisa says, the "response was immediate, passionate and positive.” Today Blogher has exploded from the 300 early attendees to 1,000 women (and a couple of guys) who just spent two days in San Francisco networking, learning and creating community around the act of blogging. More »

Doc Film Makers Keep Women’s Issues on the Agenda

June 18, 2008

A Women’s Cultural Moment

June 2, 2008

Have You Seen a Woman Director Lately?

January 25, 2008

Persepolis—Iranian Feminist as Subversive

December 27, 2007

WMC Exclusive: A Report from Freedom on Our Own Terms

November 15, 2007

The Invisible World Cup

September 20, 2007

Title IX—35 Years Later

July 25, 2007

Guild Finds No Progress for Hollywood Women Writers

May 31, 2007

Alternatives to the Summer Blockbuster

May 4, 2007

Women's Sports and Media - The Challenges Ahead

April 3, 2007

Feminist Bloggergate—a Cautionary Tale

March 1, 2007

Women's Voices Missing from the Theatre—Does Anyone Care?

February 7, 2007

Onscreen for the Holidays

December 18, 2006

Speaking Up and Speaking Out

November 1, 2006

Fall TV—Women Creators Take Their Shot

September 18, 2006

In Hollywood, Perception of Equality Doesn't Make it Real

July 25, 2006

Basketball and Babies

June 9, 2006


}Katniss vs Bella–Is That What We Get?

Katniss vs Bella–Is That What We Get?

March 14, 2012