Sexism In The Music Industry
Every year the feeling of getting involved in causes that matter, about equality and equity is getting stronger and stronger. Why? Because I identify as a girl, as a woman, a female human being who is trying to build a career in a very male-dominated industry.
I’ve heard so many horror stories about girls going through hard times because they want to pursue their dreams of becoming a musician or artist. Stories, for instance, about how hard it could be for women to make it to a festival lineup, where the majority of headliners are male fronted bands or solo acts who happen to be male artists. We often get that same repeated answer/excuse, like there are not enough women willing to work in the industry that could fill out those spots. I for one, always look for a reflection of myself in a female artist or someone that I can identify with, so a lineup filled with men only doesn’t look very appealing to me when attending a festival.
To be honest, I wasn’t that involved in this topic until I started to pay close attention to the fact that I was seeing less and less female artists on stage, on top 10 charts, also girls behind a mixing board or producing other artists. Since I am a sound engineer myself, besides being an artist, dealing with misogyny is something I, unfortunately, came across during my life too. Why is this still happening in 2017? It’s a question that leaves me often wondering “what is the root of all this ingrained sexism in our society?” Times are changing, but maybe not as much as we’d want to in terms of attaining that equality that seems so utopian.
Tired of this reality, a group of female artists in Quebec decided to join forces to fight sexism in the music industry, a movement which I proudly adhered to, that sparked the fire. It all started with an open letter to the press denouncing the inequality that women in music have to face and cope with on a regular basis, so ubiquitous in the industry, a reality that nobody dares to talk about in a way that can make a real change. I’m often wondering why we, females, have to work twice as hard as our male counterparts to gain recognition for our work and dedication and accept to be paid less for performing the same tasks. As I grow up in a modern society, I would have imagined sexism to be a thing of the past, but we still have a long way to go in this matter.
As an artist I allow myself to dream of a perfect world, where both, women and men can work side by side, harmoniously and helping each other instead of living in a competition based society. This is why I think it’s so important to bring this subject into conversations more often. It’s not about whining, it’s about little by little, big changes could happen sooner than later.