When you think of the great women of country music, names like Shania, Loretta, and Dolly probably come to mind. But turn on any country music radio station today, and you'll no doubt notice men getting way more airtime than women. A new report by Dr. Jada Watson (done in consultation with WOMAN Nashville) finds that from the start of the millennium to the year 2018, representation of women on country radio dropped roughly 20 per cent. Why is this? And what impact is it having on female artists? On the industry as a whole?
Country music fan Sarah Boesveld guest hosts this week of The Big Story. She spoke with Dr. Watson about how deep this issue runs, what's being done, and what more can be done to close the gender gap.
Guest: Dr. Jada Watson, SongData Project
Guest host: Sarah Boesveld