What is the Bechdel Test and Why should I care about it?

Women make up more than half of the world, but appear on screen only a third of the time. Weird…

So how do we change this? One way to check representation is to use the Bechdel-Wallace (or Bechdel) Test. What is it? A film, TV series or piece of art will PASS the Bechdel Test if it:

features two named female characters who talk to each other on screen about something other than a man

Alison Bechdel (1985)

You’d be surprised how much beautiful, heart-stopping creative content FAILS the test. We investigate why. The podcast series looks at new and beloved film, TV games and books featuring expert and industry interviews and determine whether to move beyond Bechdel.

Some of our guests at work!

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