Bechdel Stats

My grade 11 math class needed some practice work cumulative frequency graphs [CFGs], and I wanted to go through the steps of developing a stats research project, so I decided to get the students to create a cumulative frequency graph involving box office gross for movies. However, as we were discussing how we’d collect data, one student brought up the poor representation of women in films, which led to the Bechdel test. Thus, we changed tack, and made a pair of CFGs — one for movies that passed the test, and one for those that failed.


Above are the films we selected (Golden Globe nominees for best motion picture, drama, from 2008 to 2015). I’m looking forward to seeing the analysis, and discussing implications, tomorrow!

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