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A Question of Equity - April 1990

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 Women in the Arts

  3. WOMEN AND THE POWER STRUCTURE

 Power is about who makes the decisions and about having the resources to implement those decisions. Women are well aware of their own relative powerlessness. As part of this research, forms were enclosed with the questionnaire which were to be passed on to women workers asking them to prioritise their areas of concern. Some 100 forms were returned and 3 issues dominated the response, firstly the problems of women with children, secondly the implementation of equal opportunities and thirdly the decision-making structures.

Here I look at the decision-making structures firstly in terms of management, and secondly in terms of the make-up of 'management committees'.

a) Managers

In terms of this research, managers were defined as those people responsible for policy making, either directly or through recommendations to governing committees; respon­sible overall for implementation of policy; responsible for overall programming; respon­sible for the prioritisation of other staff's work.

  Managers across all employing organisations

Table 4 above shows that 40 women (36%) occupied management positions, that is approximately one third of all managers were women. However, many of these were part-time workers and/or operated within a collective management situation. Only 30% of full-time managers were women.

There were 6 black managers (4 women and 2 men) that is 5% of all managers, which is a somewhat higher figure than might be expected given the low level of black representation within the workforce. But again 50% (2 women and 1 man) of black managers were working within black organisations. There were no disabled managers of either sex.