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Women in Audio

Lucette Nicoll, president of Nicoll Public Relations
Teri Inman of Stereotypes Audio

In the jazz world, one can count the number of major woman instrumentalists on a single set of hands and toes: Shirley Scott, Joanne Brackeen, Regina Carter, Geri Allen, Jane Bunnett, Toshiko Akiyoshi are a few examples. It might appear that jazz is a man’s art; even the number of men reading this magazine exceeds the women nine to one. But the fact is, women love jazz. Take a look around next time you hit a club or a festival-the gender ratio is likely to be quite close to 50-50. It’s just that guys are geeks and like to read about geeky stuff: cars, model railroads, cameras, etc. Women just want to listen to the music.

The same holds true, more or less, in the male-dominated audio kingdom. Women just want to listen: they don’t want to compare amp size; they don’t want to read about it. And like jazz, the number of women playing significant roles in the hi-fi field is likewise small. But as the world continues to evolve, there are more and more spaces opening for women in all areas of the industry.

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