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Help make change happen through the #AudioEquityPledge!

by Heidi Johnson

YSWN co-founder and Director Dr Liz Dobson has spearheaded a Guide to Supporting Women in Sound – a series of suggested actions and recommendations that those working in education, industry, audio production and other related fields can take to support gender equality in music.

Written in collaboration with Sound Girls, Big Bear Audio, the Audio Engineering Society, Mariana Lopez (University of York), University of Huddersfield and YSWN, the guide includes actions and recommendations summarised under three headline areas:

  1. Collaborate – offering support to the feminist collectives who are already helping girls and women in sound. Adopting new interventions. Also, understanding and addressing unconscious bias
  2. Perspective – doing your own research, checking your assumptions, and recognising that women of colour are subject to a double hit of bias due to racial discrimination
  3. Changing environments – creating environments that are truly fit for purpose.

The full Guide to Supporting Women in Sound document can be read here (opens PDF).

YSWN invites you to make an #audioequitypledge, by:

  • Reading the Guide to Supporting Women in Sound and identifying three or more interventions that you would like to make to supporting women in sound
  • Posting a document on your website/blog with a summary of your interventions using #heforshe and #audioequitypledge
  • Posting an update six months later.

When you make your pledge, don’t forget to tag us with our Twitter handle @YSWN_

You can read about some of the Audio Equity Pledges others have made via the following links:

For more ideas on how you can support women in sound, check out YSWN’s Volume Up! advocacy video: