Sunday, December 14, 2008

A gender pay gap for artists

Image via WikipediaRokki Carr passed on the link to this LA Times article about the pay gap for women artists:
A gender pay gap for L.A. artists (NYC too) | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times: "A gender pay gap for L.A. artists (NYC too)
9:01 PM, December 1, 2008

As a follow-up to its report 'Artists in the Workforce, 1990-2005,' released in June, the National Endowment for the Arts is releasing today the results of a closer examination of the gender pay gap between men and women artists discovered by the original study.

Surprise -- women artists earn less....

"We find that artists are remarkably entrepreneurial... and the fact of women working in these lower-population areas is a sign to me of how women, in a sense, are really at the forefront of that entrepreneurship, and bringing it to those communities," Iyengar said.

The gender pay gap increases with age and varies by occupation: Women performing artists, including dancers, actors and musicians, have more parity with their male peers than women in non-performing arts occupations, including designing and art direction. But then, performers are traditionally paid less than those in non-performing arts capacities, so there's less cause for women performers to celebrate their parity."

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