COMMENT

“A woman is always accompanied, except when quite alone, and perhaps even then, by her own image of herself.

“While she is walking across a room or weeping at the death of her father, she cannot avoid envisioning herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she is taught and persuaded to survey herself continually.

“She has to survey everything she is and everything she does, because how she appears to others – and particularly how she appears to men – is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life.”

This comment was made by a man. Art critic and writer John Berger said the aforementioned in an interview for BBC series Ways of SeeingWhile he was referring to the female figure in art and advertising, this is often what being a woman in the music industry is like.

Today I even feel a sense of shame that it took me until now, the actual afternoon of International Women’s Day, to sit down and write this. At first, perhaps in a cloud of personal defeat at the work which must be done to reach gender parity, I recalled comments from some of my favourite industry women:

In 2015 during her time as Executive Officer at MusicNSW, Kirsty Brown told oneofone: “Many times I heard the comment that only two types of women worked in the industry – starfuckers or dykes.”