About the Campaign
Every day another headline points out an enduring issue, now being exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. Women bear an unequal burden of childcare and domestic responsibilities. As a result, women often drop out of the workforce, which in turn subjects them to more discrimination, and perpetuates a culture in which women are historically underrepresented in positions of leadership and decision-making
The arts are no exception. Women are overrepresented in arts jobs, yet too often underrepresented in leadership positions. And as the pandemic continues, women continue to suffer the majority of job losses resulting from shutdowns and other austerity measures taken by arts organizations.
As the impacts of the pandemic begin to be studied, experts say that the economic and professional fortunes of women may be set back an entire generation. DDP is determined to bring attention to this issue which thus far has gone largely unrecognized in the arts field, especially in dance. DDP’s campaign will follow two parallel stories: the effects of the pandemic on women and the effects of the pandemic on the arts, in an effort to find the intersection, generate conversation and in-depth reporting, and create actionable steps toward a more equitable arts industry so that women can maintain and move into leadership positions in the months to come. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing information daily about the economic impact of the pandemic on women in the arts. You can search the hashtag #YesThisIsAnArtsStory on Twitter or visit the dropdown #YesThisIsAnArtsStory on our blog to follow along and share.
Data Byte: Connecting the Dots- #YesThisIsAnArtsStory
Connecting the Dots is an ongoing campaign by DDP to advocate for the acknowledgement of the pandemic’s effect on women in the arts by policy makers, journalists, and funding organizations. The campaign features over 60 articles and studies, reflecting the generational set-backs that women across the globe face as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This Data Byte is a compilation of the most salient facts from the campaign, available for download and easy to read and share.