We all know women are in the minority in the engineering field. But did you realize the same was true in comedy? I guess when I think about it, it’s not that much of a surprise as I can name many more male comedians than female comediennes. But it wasn’t until I listened to Bossypants by Tina Fey that it raised itself to the level of my consciousness. Tina Fey is a Chicago girl and toured with Second City for many years. They work in groups of 6 – 4 men and 2 women. According to Tina this was because they couldn’t come up with enough material that people would laugh at for 3 women. I thought I remember hearing that this changed before she left. But then I went on the Second City tour at Conference. Guess how many women there were in the cast? That’s right! 2! They put on a good show certainly, but better than a three-women show? I doubt it.
What other places are women still the minority? For me it is master’s swimming. Which is why I cross train with activities that are more popular with the ladies like yoga and aerobics classes. 🙂