The Finkbeiner Test

As an analogy to the Bechdel test for films, the Finkebeiner test has been suggested for stories about women in science. I find this an excellent idea. In short, in order to pass the  Finkbeiner test, the story cannot mention any of the following:

  • The fact that she’s a woman
  • Her husband’s job
  • Her child care arrangements
  • How she nurtures her underlings
  • How she was taken aback by the competitiveness in her field
  • How she’s such a role model for other women
  • How she’s the “first woman to…”

An alternative would of course be to expect all these point to be included in a story about any scientist or professional, male or female. Wouldn’t you like to know how all the Nobel laureates organized their child care?


One response to “The Finkbeiner Test”

  1. Boel says :

    Hell yeah!


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