In case you didn’t know it, Australia is full of amazing women
Two of Australia’s amazing women are in the photo above. The artist Danelle Bergstrom and the 100-year old dancer Grace Eileen Kramer.
But you wouldn’t know that Australia was full of amazing women if you looked at our media, followed politics, sport or the arts. I’ve been banging on for years about the lack of representation for women across Australian society, business and the media. But nothing is changing, it’s getting worse in many ways.
A few years back I began a blog called Guys Read Gals. Because I saw female writers were not getting an even break in the book reviewing world. And they weren’t, and they are still not. Have a look at the 2014 VIDA (Women in literary arts) figures. The 2014 VIDA Count Overall.
Awards and prizes like the Portia Geach and The Stella Prize are totally necessary here in Australia. I’d hate to think what the women in the arts figures would look like without them.
Most of my friends are artists and most are women. And I’ve seen first-hand the struggle it is for them to get equal representation. I’ve even seen some women quit their art and move on to other things because it was all too hard to build your art and fight the established selection of men over women.
If the lack of exposure and representation continues for women, I can only see more and more women-only prizes, and perhaps women only communities set up to counteract this imbalance.
Until the balance of women represented in Australia across all fields is equalled out, we will never know just how good or equal any of us are if we are only basing our judgement on part of the population.
If we want to see more of Australia’s amazing women represented, we have to change things now. Or is that what some men are afraid of?