It seems there should be a test to evaluate the role of women in any given movie.
A comic, from 1985, lays out a simple set of criteria for its characters to choose a movie to see:
1. There must be two female characters (some say two named female characters)
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than men.
Check out the original comic below and click on it to visit Alison Bechdel's blog and learn about the original source of the comic and idea. NPR's All Things Considered ran a story on the Bechdel Rule and posted an entry on their pop-culture blog, Monkey See, about new Bechdel-like rules.
How many movies actually pass the test?
Thanks to Unapologetically Female for cuing us in!