Music connects our souls all over the world. Music should not be discriminated by any cast, religion, nation or social factors. However in earlier times, the situation was not as easy as it is now. A recent study of MIDiA showed us the previous experiences of women in the music fraternity. It consists both the big level challenges they faced, and also pointing to the opportunities, positive aspects, and the ways they are working in, and this can build a better music industry for our future.
On the primary level, women have to face some challenges which are connected factors such as different perspectives, different level of capabilities, and biasness in comparison to men. All these things lead to incompatibility of identities: the ones who are able to reach the top level gain more experiences within that particular field.
The more women are growing in their musical careers, the more they are facing challenges. Sexual harassment, assault, unequal pay, unequal approaches have impacted them the most. The challenges they face, trigger their zeal to become an individual successful artist. What we don’t know in great depth is that among women, there are more discrepancies regarding experiences. It is really impossible to break down specifically all segments while all national data laws like sexuality, ethnicity or so on, are remaining. However, this imbalance does exist; minority class women tend to experience the same problem as the larger group to a considerably higher degree. LGBTQIA artists have to face more problems than others, in some places, their existence is not even considered.
Over the years, it has become taboo that if a woman wants to pursue rock music, then she would be compartmentalized by others. The normative gendered expectations of society are what has been holding women back from expressing their full potential in music in general, more so in the rock genre. Music thus is lost before being created, which is an ultimate loss to the art form as a whole. Empowering women and minority groups, and treating this problem as everyone’s and not just theirs, is the only way we can remove this business from the core. So let us take every opportunity to break barriers and embrace music to its fullest potential and make it our own.