Contra Caller Gender
|November 18th, 2015|
Women called 47% of dances in my sample, and were about a third of musicians (weighted by gigs). This is compared to a baseline of about 54% women in the Bay Area contra dance community.I'd looked at musicians before but I hadn't looked at callers, so I was curious what I'd see in the historical weekend stats I collected.
My dataset had 97 callers over 267 slots. I categorized people into genders by memory if I knew them, by name if it was clearly gendered, and otherwise I searched for "[name] contra caller" looking for pronouns or pictures. Results:
Surprisingly, 47% of gigs being called by women is exactly the number Ruthie got with a very different sample. Probably a coincidence though.
Update 2015-11-18: A big factor here looks like dance weekends shooting for balance. Of the weekends booking exactly two callers, I see:
ww: 10 wm: 37 mm: 10
If instead each of the "which caller to book" decision had been drawing from this pool of 57 male bookings and 57 female bookings the most likely outcome would be:
ww: 14 wm: 28 mm: 14
This is a pretty strong indication that dance organizers are trying to pair male and female callers. If they weren't, Nix points out there'd only be a 2.7% chance of getting a result this extreme by chance.
Update 2015-12-23: I ran the stats for BIDA, since its start in 2009, and got:
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