Invented by awesome cartoonist Allison Bechdel, the Bechdel Test is a rubric for whether or not a film has a decent amount of female representation (hint: most of them don’t). The test consists of three simple questions:
Are there are least two female characters in the film, whose names we know? If yes, continue.
Do these characters talk to each other? If yes, continue.
Do they talk about anything other than a man? If yes, then the movie passes!
Sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how many movies still fail the Bechdel Test to this day. That said, here are a few classics that managed to earn the Bechdel stamp of approval.