International Film Industry Voluntary Charter

on the Representation of Women in Films


I undertake to make feature films henceforth that pass the Bechdel Test, unless there is a specific reason* not to meet the test’s requirements, which are:

  1. Has at least two named women in it
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something besides a man

I recognise that the film industry’s portrayal of women is limited, and that this test is the bare minimum for female representation in film. Therefore, I undertake to introduce suitable characters into any films under my control during the writing and/or production process.



Name *
*Examples of films where it's not practical to pass the Bechdel Test are: the film has three or less characters (e.g. Gravity, Buried), is set at a place and time where there were only men or very few women (e.g. Good Night, and Good Luck., Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), is based on a text that limits the possibilities (e.g. The Road).