Great article about Marin Alsop! I find it so refreshing that she acknowledges that it's somewhat taboo to talk about sexism when it comes to conductors, but she's willing to do it anyways. Hat-tip to my mother.
And if things weren't hard enough, there is a new study out on the importance of appearance for musicians. I don't think most of the singers or conductors I know would find this particularly shocking; it's kind of cute (i.e. naive) that the reporters for both the articles I read on this study remark that it's "surprising." After all, there's a lot of research done on how appearance and attractiveness benefit people across the employment spectrum. One would assume it would matter even more in an artistic and performance-based job! Doesn't mean we have to like it, though. Hat-tip to my father.