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The Bechdel Test

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    The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

    Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?

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    The Bechdel Test is a Good Indicator of Box Office Performance

    Movies that pass the Bechdel test make significantly more money than movies that fail the test.

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    My Latest Forbes Column: A Closer Look at the Bechdel Rating

    Last week four non-profit movie theatres in Sweden (yes, Sweden again) released a ratings system named after the Bechdel Test. For those uninitiated, to pass the Bechdel Test, a film has to have two named female characters talk to each other about something other than a man

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    Swedish Cinemas Push Hard for Gender Equity

    What is it about Sweden? What's in the water? On the heels of my recent piece about what the Swedish government is doing to combat the gender disparity in the directing ranks, now comes news that four Swedish cinemas are creating a gender rating for films using the Bechdel Test as the criteria.

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    Screenwriter John August Ponders the Bechdel Test

    I haven't written anything before about the Bechdel test which in a nutshell is a way of determining if women matter in a film. The test was designed by cartoonist Alison Bechdel and it has become legendary.

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