Hello I have been following this forum for a while and feel compelled to ask a few questions. There has been a lot of talk about attracting young people to the movement, a bit of a debate about contests vs concerts and yet as far as I can see there is no mention at all of the fact that women are very much considered a minority in the movement. As far as I can see, there are no lady conductors at the very top of banding, only a few in the elite bands and for the most part they don't occupy the top chairs. It seems a bit more different lower down the sections where there does seem to be a bit more balance. I dare say, that most the people on this forum are men? I may be wrong? Can anyone suggest why this sexism continues to exist and what can be done to solve the problem?