Marin Alsop, Conductor and Violinist. She is the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She is the first woman to hold this position in any major American orchestra.
"I am who I am, and I think that all the media attention surrounding the fact that no woman had ever conducted the Last Night of the Proms just brought into focus yet again how few opportunities there have been for women in this field, and how critical it is that we, as leaders, become mentors and create as many opportunities as possible for young women.”
"For me, it didn’t feel particularly liberating, but I felt very privileged to have the platform to be able to discuss the issue to a much broader public, because usually it is a very narrow audience. But the issues for women in leadership roles and equality for women—whether it is in pay, or in job positioning—I do think are very important issues. We are privileged to live in countries where women have many more opportunities. In many places women are so oppressed and extremely suppressed. So, it was liberating in the sense that we could have a dialogue about it, which felt very good.”
"I think we could ask the same question about prime ministers: Why aren’t there more women prime ministers in these ultimate leadership roles and why does it take so long? Basically, I think we are uncomfortable with women in these roles, plus we haven’t seen enough women in these roles to gravitate towards that. As human beings we tend to go towards things that make us comfortable, and it is a very slow process to get comfortable with a new paradigm."
"For me, I just assumed there would be a lot of women doing this when I started out, and then after ten years I looked around and couldn’t see many. And the same after twenty years.”
marinalsop, wiki, photo via BSO Music