Abstract for Dissertation: "Why Are There So Few Female Producers and Studio Engineers?"
This dissertation achieved a 'First' and was subsequently published in Bath Spa University's academic journal, 'PopThink'.
Gender inequality in more economically developed countries (MEDC’s) negatively impacts on
women’s exposure to the same opportunities as men with it still being unclear as to whether females will ever gain an equal balance in traditionally ‘masculine’ job roles, and furthermore, society.
This inequality is overwhelmingly present within the growing numbers of underground and mainstream music producers: around 95%, to be exact, are males. I wanted to discover the reason for this huge gender divide.
It appears that there are reasons behind females not pursuing a music production career. Although
these restrictions are present in more vocations than just music technology, I chose to focus on this
primarily to help solve the mystery of the small amounts of female producers.
I chose to study three possible factors I believed were major contenders for affecting a female’s
desire, opportunity and exposure to the music production pathway, of which I refined as: biology,
culture, and media representation.
I discovered that these three factors I thought affected female’s career choices were correct.
Through culture females are conditioned to believe that being attractive is the epitome of being a
successful female, as supported by media representation of females and their successes. With
regards to biology the ‘left-right’ brain theory adds some weight to the idea of the sexes being better suited to certain types of jobs. However, all three of these factors were closely linked and worked in conjunction with one another.