British singer Sylvia McNeill and songwriter Tony Macaula Jack Kay, Stringer/Getty Images
British singer Sylvia McNeill and songwriter Tony Macaulay, 1971

We’re Not “Women In Sound”

Someone asked me the other day why I don’t write features about “women in live sound.” (The cringe-worthy article titles “chicks rule” and “girl power” were even thrown into the conversation.)

Talented professionals deserve recognition based on their merit, not because they fall into a category. Praising someone in the context of gender, race, age, or any other qualifier is conditional praise—it implies that that recognition would not be

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