Gender Parity Is a Hot Topic Elsewhere, Too

I still need to take down my holiday decorations.

No lie: I’m exhausted. When you read this, it will be Jan. 3 and I will finally be getting back into a regular routine, which isn’t really regular when you are firmly entrenched in the gig economy, work from home, and are a full-time parent and spouse, living an arts-based and equality-focused life in the rural south. My new favorite saying is “Be like Leia.”

All that to say is, rather than researching a gender parity story in-depth and writing something that surely will be chosen for a Pulitzer Prize, I took the last few days to clean out my Feedly reader and Marbury email folder and present now to you a round-up of links to cool or noteworthy stories or blog posts about women in the arts.

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We’ll get back to the Pulitzer stuff shortly. Oh, and we’ll unveil a new regular Marbury piece at the end of the month. But now, for the stories:

In which a forgotten art genre reveals its forgotten participants:
A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version)
“For the first time in more than 100 years, the Met is performing an opera written by a
woman. Here, we offer a playlist of other female composers, who are often overlooked.
Alice Gregory at the NYTimes in December. With a Spotify playlist!”

In which NPR tells us something we already know:
The Gender Wage Gap In The Arts
“But even after you control for all these factors, after you control for education and experience, the amount of time you’ve spent working in the field, the researchers still find a wage gap of more than $13,000 between men and women.”

In which a gender parity situation goes from light to dark:
Seeking Equity In Theatre, Fighting Wrong With Wrong Won’t Go Right
Howard Sherman touches on my home theater community and equity.
“But as various constituencies in the arts work to correct the historic imbalances, they need to remain aware of the legal ramifications of their efforts, and the language in which they define them, even given the significant irony of those seeking to end discrimination potentially running afoul of anti-discrimination laws.”

Are you following the National Museum for Women’s Art blog, Broad Strokes? Always good stuff here.

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In which an unlikely source adds two books to your gender parity reading list:
Meet the Brilliant Women Who Succeeded in the Macho Worlds of Science and Art
In brand new books by Dava Sobel and Siri Hustvedt.
“Because of this bias, Bourgeois (like other female artists) had to forge a trajectory for her art from another perspective,” Hustvedt writes; whether painting or printmaking or the sculptures for which she’s best known, her work is startling in its originality. “As [Bourgeois] said, ‘The art world belonged to men.'”

In which we need to keep gender parity at our forefront:
“Slacktivism” and Other Nonsense
Melissa Hillman is a force. She bluntly tells us to keep speaking up and out for our causes.
“I’ve seen people complaining about discussions of diversity in film by saying ‘We have a neo-Nazi about to become president! Why are we discussing movies?!’ as if those two things are not related, as if we didn’t have a mountain of evidence showing that art creates empathy, as if we didn’t have a mountain of evidence demonstrating the importance of representation. Again, almost everyone who pulls this kind of nonsense knows what they’re saying isn’t strictly true. They understand the interconnectedness of issues, and they know that your single post about an issue doesn’t mean that that issue is the only thing you care about. Yet they still will say ‘Why are you discussing this when there are more important things to discuss; this is a distraction.'”

In which we should’ve overlooked the focus on clothing:
These Photographers Captured Blondie, Joan Jett, and the Women of Punk
“Though the tough punk-rocker stereotype may bring to mind male artists like Johnny Rotten and Joey Ramone, women like Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, and Siouxsie Sioux stood at the helm of the movement, holding their own against their male counterparts.”

In which we see several practical actions for gender parity:
Diversity in Film Is Abysmal — But There’s an Easy Way to Fix One Big Problem
A new report shows how little the industry has improved, but also offers one surprisingly simple solution to solve the issue of gender parity.
“Despite the lack of progress observed, it is crucial to continue to advocate for change,” the report notes. “By adopting practical solutions that eliminate bias and reward inclusion, Hollywood can become an industry that reflects its consumers.”