In 1985, cult cartoonist Alison Bechdel, inspired by a friend, developed criteria by which to gauge gender bias in popular entertainment. Today, that test not only bares Bechdel’s name, it’s applied regularly by discriminating females looking to create more opportunity for women in the worlds of film, television, and theatre.
The freshest set of fingerprints you’ll find on that measuring stick belong to Ottawa actor-producer, Robin Guy. It’s the guiding light, in fact, of the Three Sisters Theatre Company, the on again-off again outfit Guy founded in 2009. Guy uses the Bechdel test to pinpoint worthy properties for mostly but not exclusively female casts.