St. Vincent slams 'systemic sexism' in the music business

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 February 2019
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St. Vincent

St. Vincent has hit out at the music industry, accusing it of being systemically sexist

St. Vincent has slammed "systemic sexism" within the music industry.

The 36-year-old singer feels it's important to have more women in positions of power within the business, if her long-term ambition of equality is to be realised.

She shared: "As all systems of power go, you need a seat at the table.

"If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. So it's a question of having more women in positions of power to give people a chance who, for reasons of unfortunate systemic sexism in this case, have not had the opportunity.

"I'm on a coalition with Alicia Keys to encourage female songwriters and engineers."

Despite her continued frustrations, the singer is optimistic that the tide is slowly turning.

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "I see the tide turning. Equality for all doesn't mean 'at the detriment of this person or that person,' it means equality."

The music star – whose real name is Annie Clark – considers herself fortunate to be in a position of power and influence.

She also explained that, unlike other people within the industry, she does not feel "threatened by other powerful women".

She said: "From the directors of show to content to the people I employ on tour, I feel that I'm very lucky to be able to employ women, because I am a woman. And I'm not threatened by other powerful women.

"I encourage them and I also enjoy being surrounded by them."

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