Quantified Feminism and the Bechdel Test


Toy Story, American Sniper, the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy: all these films fail the Bechdel Test which asks, “Does a film (1) have at least two women in it who (2) talk to each other about (3) something other than a man?”

Using data curated by fivethirtyeight.com, a team of students will analyze the relationship between movies that pass/fail the test and various economic and aesthetic factors like the film’s genre and budget. Students will also attempt to modify these criteria to quantify the representations of African-American, Latinx, and LGBTQ populations. There will be an opportunity to move beyond the simple two-character test, creating network analyses of character relationships via Gephi.

Faculty Lead & Project Manager: Stefan Waldschmidt

Disciplines Involved:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • quantitative STEM



Paul Bendich , Mathematics


Digital Humanities
Social Sciences