A Question of Equity - April 1990

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Women In the Arts

3. WOMEN AND THE POWER STRUCTURE: b) Management Committees cont

Thus 60% of organisations had a management committee which had a majority of men, and by a majority I mean that women were outnumbered usually two to one and in many cases by considerably more than that All the large scale professional arts organisations were in this category - the very same organisations which, as we have seen earlier, had predominantly male managements.

 When it came to the make-up of management committees within arts educational organi­sations (Table 7 below) 9 responded to the question on management committees (that is 25% of those surveyed), 4 organisations came under the auspices of local authority committees and are dealt with later, 2 did not reply.

Table 7. Management Committee Members of Arts Educational Organisations

Management Committees Art Educational organisations   

As can be seen from Table 7, the overall statistics for arts educational organisations were slightly better in terms of women being represented than those for professional arts organisations (42% of members being women compared to 36%) but this was due to the one organisation which not only had a majority of women committee members but also accounted for 25% of all women members.  In terms of organisations:-

1 had a majority of women members,

1 had a parity of men and women members

7 had a majority of men.

Thus over 70% of responding organisations had management committees with a majority of men. Therefore, despite the apparently better overall situation, in reality, arts educational organisations are in fact less likely to have implemented equal opportunities when it comes to their management committees