Brought to you by Rebel Rebel Music Magazine, HerVoice is a web series that focuses on female talents through video interviews with musicians, singers, actresses, comedians, film makers, writers, artists, dancers and all those women who work in an industry that – like many others – sees an embarrassing gap between the opportunities that are given to men and women.
In the words of Fluer Pellerin (Former French minister of Culture and Communication):
“Less female muses, and more female creators and directors. We will definitely benefit from the change, both individually and collectively.”
HerVoice was created and is written and directed by Gessica Puglielli and published through the internationally acclaimed music and entertainment web magazine Rebel Rebel Music – rebelrebelmusic.com .
Our mission is simple:
- To recognise existing female talent and to encourage future talent in order to give higher visibility to female cultural producers in all their forms
- To inform the public about gender inequality in the arts
- To discuss ways of improving the status for women working in the cultural industries and actively advocate for change
HerVoice believes that culture has a real transformative power: the power to open space for dialogue and propose alternative discourses and practices. Our main aim is to focus on highlighting issues around gender inequality in the cultural industries because whilst there is strong female presence in cultural professions, men’s chances of progression within this field still far outweigh that of women.
There are numerous writings about gender inequality in the arts, a few of which are referenced below. A UNESCO report published in 2014, outlines that there is ‘an underrepresentation of female artists, theatre or movie directors, composers etc. in museum collections and in the programming of cultural institutions, (p,81). David Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Barker in their article ‘Sex, Gender and Work Segregation in the Cultural Industries’(2015) state that social stereotypes of gender impact on the division of labour by sex in the cultural industries. A survey conducted by Vivendi and Laboratoire de l’Egalité, ‘Women in music and cinema in Europe’ (2013) states that women in the arts world tend to be muses or performers. They outline in their findings that women appear to experience difficulties in penetrating masculine networks of influence (through which an artist can meet with potential funders and donors) and more generally to access funding and programming. They also state that men’s abilities are always taken for granted whereas women always have to prove theirs. We want to pose the findings above to women working in the cultural industries, to determine first hand if this is an everyday reality for them and if so what, if any, changes could be made. We want to question and better understand if gendered social expectations have impacted on the behaviours of female artists and to determine if they have had any negative reactions when trying to step outside of the box.
There are thousands of reactions to sexism and misogyny within the cultural industries however this social commentary is often not explored in any depth. It is our aim to go beyond calling out gender inequality by making the invisible visible, by discussing ways of offering an alternate path where we not only start the conversation but also ask how to invite change. The challenges for women form the core of the project but it must be emphasised that this this should not be oversimplified as a ‘women’s issue’, rather as a cultural issue. It is important to note that our aim is not to position men against women but to invite all voices to discuss a gender equality strategy that allows cultural freedom and opportunities for all.
HerVoice is a digital resource and can be accessed online at www.hervoiceuk.com or via our social networks (see links below).
A pilot series has been completed and is available on the HerVoice website. A second series is currently in production and will be online spring 2017.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. “Gender Equality: Heritage and Creativity”, Paris, UNESCO/CLD, 2014 http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002294/229418e.pdf
BAKER SARAH & HESMONDHALGH DAVID. “Sex, gender and work segregation in the cultural industries”, The Sociological Review, 63:S1, pp. 23-36 (2015)
“Women in music and cinema in Europe”,a survey conducted by Vivendi and Laboratoire de l’Egalité, November 2013
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WHO WE ARE
Executive Producer – Creative Director
A professional UX/GUI designer, as a music enthusiast, singer and musician herself, Gessica has been working on and off in the entertainment sector since 1998 when she started a collaboration with Michael Jackson’s PR’s at MJJ Productions until 2008 (collaboration that included meetings with Michael Jackson himself). She’s also the founder and director of Rebel Rebel Music Magazine.
Her long portfolio includes organising CD launching parties with Sony Music, liaising with the major music PR and management agencies in London and US, interviewing a long list of remarkable music acts – among the others Gregory Porter, Incognito, Siedah Garrett, Jocelyn Brown, Steve Hackett, Skunk Anansie, Katie Melua, Steve Morse, Erasure, and many more.
Creative Product Developer – Content Manager