This project was born out of the less-than-stellar
response to our analysis of films that fail the Bechdel
Test. Commenters were quick to point out that the Bechdel Test is
flawed and there are justifiable reasons for films to fail (i.e., they
are historic). By measuring dialogue, we have much more objective view of
gender in film.
Many of the findings are anecdotally obvious
to women in the film industry. But nobody wanted to do the grunt work of
gathering the data. We spent weeks just matching scripts to IMDB pages. It’s
still not perfect, but we’re now in a much better place than "you
know...women are never love-interests when they’re older than 40. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”
All of our sources are available in this Google Doc and as much data as we can
share (without getting sued) is available here
on Github. Or if you don’t know how to code, here’s an easy way to
comb through every film, genre, and year.