The Bechdel Test may measure the female presence in a film, but in truth, it can’t do anything to increase it without others taking action and working to assure that more films find a place for real female characters. That’s where The Bechdel Bill, a new organization based out of Toronto, comes in.
The Bechdel Bill, started by two Canadian women and film professionals (Imogen Grace, a Braveheart fan except when it comes to female roles, and Joella Crichton), hopes to get film companies and filmmakers to vow that 80 per cent of their films will pass the Bechdel Test, or rather, feature at least two named women who speak to each other about something other than men. It’s not a lot to ask considering that those conditions can be easily met with a short small talk session between minor female characters (this is sad to think about, isn’t it?), but it could lead to bigger changes as those pledging would be forced to rethink every single female character they’re creating and her relationships to other characters, male and female. And at the very least, it should continue the ongoing conversation about women and diversity in film and what we can do, as viewers and creators, to help support both. Read the full article.