Analyzing data on women’s roles in American film, a Data+ team showed that 40 percent of female roles in movies still fail the Bechdel test.
Sizing Up Hollywood’s Gender Gap
Aug 8, 2017
Computational Humanities, Data+, Social Sciences
Selen Berkman (ECE, CompSci), Sammy Garland (Math), and Aaron VanSteinberg (CompSci, English) spent ten weeks undertaking a data-driven analysis of the representation of women in film and in the film industry, with special attention to a metric called the Bechdel Test. They worked with data from a number of sources, including fivethirtyeight.com and the-numbers.com. Project Results: The team showed that movies which pass the Bechdel...