This orchestra's blind audition proves bias sneaks in when you least expect it. In her TED talk above, "What does my headscarf mean to you? " Yassmin Abdel-Magied told this story: In 1952, the Boston Symphony was looking to diversify it's male-dominated orchestra, so it conducted an experiment with a series of blind auditions. For the auditions, the musicians would be playing behind a screen, in an effort to remove all chance of bias and allow for a merit based selection only - a selection that would hopefully increase the number of women in the orchestra. Image by Pawel Loj/Flickr (altered).
To their surprise, their initial audition results still skewed male. Then they asked the musicians to take off their shoes. Once the musicians removed their shoes, almost 50% of the women made it past the first audition. Image by TED That's partly why Yassmin is somewhat forgiving when it comes to the assumptions that come along with her headscarf. Yassmin wears a hijab, but that's only part of who she is. "Someone who looks like me walks past you in the street. ... EFiGiES | Association de Jeunes Chercheuses et Chercheurs en Études Féministes, Genre et Sexualités.
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