The Birmingham Posts Top 50 most powerful people list was published today, I've had a quick look through and some interesting statistics:
45 of Birmingham's top 50 are male
4 are female
Encouragingly 14 of the list are involved in the Creative Industries from the following sectors/roles (by my reckoning).
- Arts council Chair and Arts centre Director *
- Software designer
- Music maker
- Radio presenter
- TV maker
- Curator Gallery Director
- Music administrator *
(*2 of the 4 women listed are involved in the Creative Industries (neither are on the list as practitioners)
I do not wish to belittle any of the contributions those on the list have made to the city, region and beyond, but the list as it stands begs some quite obvious questions namely: where are the women on the list? Does this mean there are only 4 influential women in Birmingham? this is not my experience? where are the creative women in Birmingham, why aren't they listed here? and finally what can one do to redress the balance, to highlight and similarly celebrate their contribution?
It would be good to have a look at the criteria and try to develop an alternative listing and I do not mean a women only list. Any suggestions for whom should be considered?