Issue 324: Women in the arts

  • Women in the arts

    Photo of a woman suspened on the side of a building, in a red dress, over a grey city landscape
    09 May 2019

    Having recently announced that South East Dance is to produce an all-female dance programme, Cath James discusses the complex issue of gender quotas.

    Gender equality and quotas. It’s nothing new, right? It’s a conversation that has been going on for decades. Back in 1985 I was performing in an all-female choreographers dance programme in Brisbane – the work commissioned and presented specifically to address the lack of the female perspective on dance stages in Australia.

    “Within any quota, what would be in place to make sure that older, disabled, working-class women, women of colour or trans women don’t remain excluded?”

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