Red Line Roots | Brian Carroll | March 8, 2016
"Today is International Woman’s Day and in just 10 days a fantastic showing of some of the best female talent in town will take the stage at lilypad in Cambridge, MA to celebrate woman artists creating wonderful music... I caught up with Hailey to talk about the show and the mindboggling fact that looking back over the past year, fewer than 20% of performers on Cambridge's bills were women. Check it out below and get your tickets to that show on March 18th (performances from Mary Henriquez, Izy Coffey, Heather Woods, and Hailey Magee).
RLR: Let’s get the tough one out of the way right off the bat. Less than 20% of the shows in the city do not include female artists on their bill…being as forthright as possible, why do you think that is? EBASS seems to have a fairly balanced male to female ratio, I see loads of incredibly talented ladies at LLOMC, and in listing my top favorite acts to come out of Boston: Lula Wiles, Annie Lynch, Julie Rhodes all jump to the top of my list (without even for a moment thinking about gender as a factor)…so what gives???
HM: Great question! (To clarify the statistic: Of all performers, fewer than 20% were women. I got this statistic by compiling ALL of the performers at a venue on a given month from ALL bills and bands. Women composed 16.6% of that final number.)
The most important answer is that there is no SINGLE reason why women are underrepresented. I think a combination of many factors contributes to this disparity. But if I had to guess, here are my top three reasons...."