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The Bechdel Bill Launch at TIFF in She Does the City

This past Friday I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Bechdel Bill, a women in film initiative that asks producers and production companies to pledge that 80% or more of their films pass the popular feminist Bechdel Test. In order to pass, a movie must feature at least two women who have names and talk to each other about something other than a man. Doesn’t sound that hard, does it? You’d be amazed to find out how many films fail miserably (hint: A LOT OF THEM DO). The test was named after the brilliant American cartoonist Alison …

How ‘Braveheart’ Convinced Me to Start the Bechdel Bill, by Imogen Grace

Late one winter night, I was snuggled up beside my boyfriend, being the little spoon and catching up on the missed ’90s standard Braveheart, and the Bechdel Bill wasn’t even an apple in my eye. It was somewhere around the time when Mel Gibson rides gallantly towards the front lines, tree trunk arms akimbo, holding up a spear atop his fiery stead, and proclaims to the nefarious Englishmen, “You may take our lives, but you may not take our freedom!” when a question occurred to me. WHERE ARE ALL THE LADIES AT? Literally, where are they? What are they doing? …