If there is one occupation in which it seems women should have an equal shot of making it to leadership roles, it is ballet. From a young age, far more girls than boys are interested in ballet, so much so that girls are estimated to outnumber boys 20-to-1 in ballet classes. Yet when it comes to leadership, there’s a shocking gender gap in favor of men. 카지노사이트
The Data Dance Project (DDP), an organization dedicated to promoting equity in classical ballet, examined leadership and salary data for artistic directors at the top 50 ballet companies in the United States—and their findings are pretty shocking. Artistic directors are often former dancers, and they have the final say on artistic decisions like how a step may be performed or how a show will transition from one piece to the next. According to DDP, a whopping 72% of ballet companies have a male artistic director. Those women who do get the title of artistic director earn only 68 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. Sadly, only one woman made it onto DDP’s top ten list of the highest paid artistic directors.
The gender bias in choreography is even worse. DDP found that in the 2018-19 ballet season, men choreographed 81% of all works performed by the top 50 ballet companies. Of the 467 works announced for the 2019-20 season, 79% will be choreographed by men. 안전한카지노사이트
I asked president and founder of DDP, Elizabeth Yntema, if women desire the artistic director and choreographer positions. “Emphatically, we hear yes, they do, but the process of selecting the next artistic director is shrouded in secrecy. Very often, like picking choreographers, it’s word of mouth. It is the opposite of a transparent system where there is a defined selection process and criteria,” Yntema says. It’s not shocking that bias can creep in to a system that relies on word of mouth and is shrouded in secrecy. Transparency is typically a key element to eliminating bias.
The Gender Gap In Female-Dominated Careers
The gender gap in ballet leadership is illustrative of a larger problem that many women face in female-dominated occupations. Christine Williams coined the term glass escalator to illustrate the phenomenon of men getting placed on a fast track to top leadership positions when they enter female-dominated fields. Take the field of education—the large majority (76%) of our teachers are female, but when we look at school leadership, women take a back seat. A paltry 27% of district superintendents are women, and women in school leadership earn 21% less than their male counterparts.
Evidence that men outnumber women in leadership roles in female-dominated occupations provides insight into the sources of the gender pay gap. One common explanation for the gender-based differential in pay is that women and men choose different professions. Men make more money, the argument suggests, because women just select less lucrative career paths than their male counterparts. If that’s true, then how do we explain this staggering gender gap in ballet and other female-dominated areas? Unfortunately, much of it comes down to bias. 카지노사이트 추천
What is perhaps most shocking about the bias in ballet is that the ballet companies are supported by an audience and donor base that are largely female. It’s estimated that 70% of ballet’s donors and audience members are women. Hopefully, these supporters will start to question why more women aren’t at the top levels of these companies before they buy their next tickets or write their next checks.