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Finkbeiner test

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The Finkbeiner test is, like the Bechdel test, a way to examine how writing and media portrays women and men differently.

The Finkbeiner test is designed for journalism pieces, and passing it requires that the story not mention any of:

  • The fact that the subject’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…”

The Finkbeiner test was created by Christie Aschwanden writing for Double X Science in March 2013. Aschwanden named it for journalist Ann Finkbeiner, who pledged to write an article about a woman astronomer without emphasis on her gender.

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