In 2017, women are striving for equality in every way possible from fighting for equal pay and protesting all over the world to shifting female representation and gender norms. In terms of representation, women seemingly have made huge strides in the entertainment industry. They’re directing kick-ass movies, telling stories of real women who have made an impact, and rejecting labels by breaking barriers. But even with all of these advancements, over 50% of the movies (and TV shows) still don’t pass the Bechdel Test. In case you need to be schooled, the rules of the Bechdel Test are simple. In any work of fiction:
1. There must be two or more female characters that have names;
2. They must speak to each other at least once;
3. They must talk to each other about something other than a man.
The test was established in 1985 by cartoonist Alison Bechdel and has been used ever since as a way to measure if people in Hollywood think women are capable of being more than objects of sexual desire for men in fictional work. You would think that it’s not that hard to incorporate two women into a movie, give them names and have them talk about ANYTHING, but evidently it is. See how progressive some of the biggest movies of the past 30 years measure up in terms of pushing the small boundary of representation by taking the quiz below and click the image to see why.