When I wrote The Open Letter to Arts Administrators, people emailed me asking how I could so accurately represent the struggle they have in the arts . . .
And most of the people who emailed me were women.
I think about most of my clients, many of whom have plenty of skills, but are really struggling to get their voice heard and respected in the organizations they work for.
And most of them are women.
I think about the structure I see in many arts organizations, where they have a male Artistic Director . . . and most of the support staff (i.e. Development Director, Marketing Director, etc.) are women.
And then I wonder if many of the issues we see in the field of arts administration, low pay, long hours, too much hiearchy, lack of talent management, etc. occur (in some part) because we have so many women in the field that we assume . . . in an incredibly unfair fashion . . . that their love of the art should circumvent their common sense.
And then I wonder if we would be dealing with the same problems if the arts administration field was primarily male?
I wonder if we see arts administration (and nonprofit administration in general) as "women's work" and if that perception causes more trouble then we realize?
Does anyone else wonder that?