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Factors Contributing to Gender Imbalance in the Audio Industry

This paper explores the factors contributing to gender imbalance in the audio industry. The two main goals were: (1) whether the traditional gender-related preference for “agency” or “communal” roles holds in the audio industry, and (2) uncover existing gender-based belief systems in the audio industry. The findings suggest that women in the audio industry possess more agentic personality traits than communal. In a surprising finding, men reported more communal personality traits than agentic. Women reported that they were unsuitable for technical and managerial roles making the need for more visible role models in these areas a critical concern.

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