Bechdel Test Creator Nabs Genius Grant!
Earlier this month, the 2014 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants were awarded to an eclectic group of 21 scientists, activists, artists and more. Among the winners was Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist perhaps best known for creating the Bechdel test!
In 1985, Bechdel wrote and illustrated a comic called "The Rule," about two women who debate whether they should go see a movie. One of these women explains the set of rules that dictate whether she'll see a film.
First, the movie has to have at least two women in it. Secondly, the women must talk to each other. Third, their discussion must pertain to something other than a man.
This three-step test has since been used to gauge whether a movie purposefully includes women, and dubbed the "Bechdel test". It's deceptively straightforward, and many movies fail.
MacArthur grant winners receive a $625,000 grant over a five-year period. While it's hoped that they will use the money to continue their legacy of creative work, they are allowed to do whatever they want with it.
Bechdel is the second cartoonist to ever be granted the award. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she said she plans to use the money to allow her to take even great creative risks with her work!
Comment below and join us in our girl power community at Sweety High to tell us about your favorite movies that pass the Bechdel test! For even more information on female representation in film, read about the Geena Davis Institute's recent women in film study here.