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Inequalities persist in traditionally female-dominated fields

Inequalities persist in traditionally female-dominated fields

Great efforts have been made to close the gender pay gap. But not all areas of work are created equally.

Alexandra Light, who has been doing ballet since the age of two, says the world of dance is also dominated by men at the top.

“A lot of people outside the world of dance still don’t feel that way,” she said. “In the industry, it’s still a boys’ game.”

Tracy Rockett, who teaches management practice at Texas Christian University, said she can point to any number of studies showing a wide gap between women and management. This gap persists even in areas dominated by women.

“In public schools, for example, men make up the minority of teachers, but to keep them, too often, they are offered opportunities for promotion much earlier than women,” Rockett said. “You see That in the restaurant industry, in education, in healthcare and in dance.

According to the Dance Data Project, out of 150 of America’s largest ballet companies, a quarter of the works produced last year were choreographed by women.

Prakash is a lead dancer. She’s at the front of the room, but she knows the obstacles in reaching the position where she’s at the front for good.

“You know, there’s a choreographic workshop, and you don’t sign up for that because you’re like, ‘Okay, I need to dance,'” Light said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, women left the workforce in large numbers. They also reported greater rates of burnout from taking on the additional burden of child care. At companies where women often lead diversity and equity efforts, they typically do not receive additional pay or adequate recognition.

But Rocket sees hope in the generation of the Light.

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“That’s something we’re seeing especially with Gen Z. They’ll leave, and they’ll leave without a backup job. They’ll leave without a plan. If they’re dissatisfied, they’re going to leave.” Are,” said Rocket.

“I think a lot of dancers face it at some point or the other, you know, we have a lot of problems in our careers. Like, we love dancing a lot, but there’s a lot of work to do,” Prakash said. , “Even when I was a little kid, I loved doing choreography. I would go with my best friend. We would go to the dance studio together and bring our boombox. As I got into my professional career, it totally It’s over

Prakash has followed the path he was chosen for, but he has plans to go beyond that path.

“I have goals for where I want to be in the future, but I’m proud of where I am now,” Light said.

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