And you might also think that, in the arts, women have an easier time rising to the top.
Never mind that hardly any women conduct, and leadership imbalances persist in both artistic and administrative roles.
Turning to my teacher and mentor, I wondered aloud how viable this path was really going to be.
“I would advise you to think very, very carefully about all of this,” she said grimly.
In Lean In, she cites the dismal number of female heads of state, members of parliament, and chief executives worldwide, and launches into an in-depth discussion of women’s internal barriers to success.
Essays Gender Roles In Music
Sandberg acknowledges the height of society’s external barriers—such as lack of paid parental leave, inflexible work hours, and a career clock that collides headfirst with the biological clock—but her focus is on the more personal, internal blocks to success.In just a couple of generations, it does seem like the gender balance of American symphony orchestras has shifted dramatically—a shift we can confirm simply counting the number of women in orchestral chairs all over the country.But in the art music world outside of the American orchestral scene, it’s harder to quantify how far women have or haven’t come.That’s a kind of success that’s harder to identify.Are women equally represented among prominent art-shapers and cultural decision makers?What self-limiting attitudes has our sexist society created in women, and how are these attitudes holding them back from the kind of career success and freedom that men enjoy?At first glance, you might think that the field of contemporary classical music doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the high-powered corporate tech world.Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, explores the question of why more women have not risen to the top echelons of management and leadership in any industry.Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook and has begun to use her enormous platform to sound the alarm about women’s roles in the workplace.This is a more informal economy; we can’t count female full-time hires because there are hardly any full-time jobs.Women “rising to the top” in the contemporary music scene means coming into a position of social, cultural, and aesthetic influence.