Gender Equity Takes Center Stage at ACM Awards

April 8, 2019 Dan Miller

Kacey Musgraves


The pursuit of gender inclusion and fairness in arts and entertainment continues to dominate public discussion. That was evident last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas where female artists Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde used the nationally televised event to share their points of view.

Kacey, who won for ACM album and female artist of the year, told the audience “this award goes out to any woman, or girl – or anybody, really – who is maybe being told that her perspective or her style is too different to work. Just stay at it. It’ll work out.” Kacey’s album, “Golden Hour” won album of the year at the recent Country Music Awards at which presenters Little Big Town called her victory – only the sixth time a solo female artist had won the award in 52 years – “an inspiration for all the little girls writing songs out there.”

Last night in Las Vegas, Ashley McBride sang “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” inspired by a teacher who told her she would never be a country singer. “I hear the crowd, I look around, and I can't find an empty chair – not bad for a girl goin' nowhere.”

Gender equity and fairness in the entertainment industry was also a theme last month at Workhuman Live in Nashville, where actors Viola Davis and Geena Davis shared their stories of triumph against long odds. And while gender discrepancies under the bright lights of Hollywood are most obvious, corporate America still grapples with these challenges.

At Workhuman Live, Kat Cole, president and COO of FOCUS Brands North America, shared how she overcame the gender stereotype in a powerful keynote, and an esteemed panel explored the gender pay equity gap topic further.

In fact, the theme continued on the JetBlue flight from Nashville to Boston where captain Anne Aldrich’s message to passengers on overcoming gender bias has gone viral.

On stage, in the air, in the boardroom – gender inclusion and fairness are about making work more human. There’s clearly more work to do, but the discussion is front and center.

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Dan Miller

Dan Miller is the director of content marketing for Workhuman.

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