Bechdel Project Mission

Dedicated to telling stories on stage and screen that pass the Bechdel Test.*

There are just three criteria to pass:

  1. The story must have at least 2 women.

  2. They must talk to each other.

  3. About something besides a man.

Unfortunately, many stories we ingest, in all mediums, do not meet these simple criteria.

Put another way - little has changed since Virginia Woolf wrote in 1929: “fictitious women, are too simple — contrary to the living, breathing, complex women of real life, (they) are almost always depicted only “in their relation to men.”

Contemporary writer, Chimamanda Adichie describes "The danger of a single story," a narrow fiction that warps the way we see the world, and our place in it.

The Bechdel Project intends to change the conversation by advocating for and developing new work that tells the stories of multi-faceted women that are not just ‘in relation to men.’

Our mission is not only good for our society. It's good for business. Women make up the majority of theatre and film audiences and hold 86% of the purchasing power in the United States, so it's not surprising research shows that stories that pass the Bechdel test do significantly better at the box office.

Bechdel Project is a marriage of art and activism, education and economics.

Come, be a part of our story.

*Bechdel Project's name comes from what is popularly known as the "The Bechdel Test" based on Alison Bechdel's comic strip "The Rule" in "Dykes to Watch Out For." Ms. Bechdel is not personally involved in the organization in any way.

Who We Are

Maria Aparo


Maria is a producer and multi-disciplinary artist whose work spans the globe. Her producing work includes theater, film, and new media. Her performance work has been seen on stages, screens big and small, the streets of New York City, and the visual works of renowned artists. She is especially excited about new works with profound societal messages that blur the line between where "art" ends and life begins.

Lucy Flournoy


Lucy works internationally as a theatremaker, physical theater artist, dancer and choreographer. Flournoy is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the physical theater company HUFFSTREET Theatre Co. and is Chair of the Board of the Physical Theater Network, e.V. in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. www.LucyFlournoy.com

Jens Rasmussen


Jens is an award-winning artist, activist, and co-founder of Bechdel Project who focuses on devised and ensemble-built work across multiple mediums. When not busy in Brooklyn, he enjoys teaching movement and playmaking at universities across the country. www.jensrasmussen.info