In her comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For,” which ran from 1983 to 2008, she offered a basic metric used to illustrate just how male-dominated the film industry actually is.
The test, which Bechdel coined in 1985 in a strip titled “The Rule,” consists of three questions which set a baseline not for gender parity, but for the simple inclusion of women in a film in any meaningful way:
1) Does it have two female characters?
2) Who talk to each other?
3) About something other than a man?
I’ve been a fan of hers going back to the 90s and have all her DTWOF in their original cover releases. Reading her books allowed me to feel connected to a larger community.
see also: Servants to the Cause