The Bechdel test for tech conferences: 1) two women speaking 2) on the same panel 3) not about women in tech.
— Monica Rogati (@mrogati) November 15, 2015
If you’re not familiar with what’s often called the Bechdel Test (or the Bechdel-Wallace Test), it’s an idea that appeared in Alison Bechdel’s comic Dykes to Watch Out For, and it points out a major problem of representation of women in popular fiction:
As in the comic, the Bechdel Test is typically applied to movies (although you can apply it to any popular fiction medium). It’s been observed that if passing the test were a requirement, many Oscar nominees would be disqualified. If the Techdel test were mandatory for tech conferences, we may have to cancel a lot of plane and hotel reservations.
If you’d like to know about which movies pass and fail the Bechdel Test, there’s a site for you: bechdeltest.com.
All right, tech conference organizers: you know what your next challenge is!