Subject: Re: [WAVE_LIST@UNT.EDU] another stat for women artists
From: Kevin Austin (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jan 07 2005 - 10:02:17 EST
I am sometimes baffled too.
Is this restricted to "music" as being european? Do you have the
figures for the percentages of gu-zheng players (not chin) who are
Numbers can be made to do many things. It is, in my view, about
'context', and to abstract one aspect is a disservice to the entire
The numbers ... "I wonder what percentage of the 100 most played
composers of the 20th century are women -- if any", as I see it, have
to placed in the broader context of:
In 1950, given 100,000 students at age 14, (grade 9), how many were
composing music / writing songs? What was the gender division?
In 1960, of these 24 year olds who are composing / writing songs, how
many are the same as those above, and what was the gender division?
If the proposition is that this is a (clearly?) systemic issue, at
what age does it begin?
Why do more males play bass guitar in grade 9 than females? (And this
is not to start the discussion of the (teen) fashion industry and
whether there are teenage peer pressures for females to conform to
At 07:49 -0500 2005/01/07, William Osborne wrote:
>Today I looked at a ranking of the 100 most exhibited visual artists
>of the 20th century.
I would propose that the context is an important factor here. I have
been to local and regional (visual) art shows where 70% (or more) of
the paintings have been done by women. These are not "internationally
recognized" artists, but do represent "art" as it is lived by
hundreds of thousands of people.
>Only 3 were women. Two additional women are listed who work together
>with their husbands. The list is interesting. See:
>I wonder what percentage of the 100 most played composers of the 20th
>century are women -- if any. Consider which women might even be in the
>running, just at a guess.
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