Lately, there has been a lot of talk about gender and diversity, both at the Norwegian Academy of Music and in the music industry in general. Among other things, the underrepresentation of female orchestra conductors has been highlighted.
As a conductor and master's student in gender studies, Andresen highlights three things that can contribute to changing this:
"My first advice is the most important, and that is education. Education is what strengthens a society to the greatest extent. We have so much knowledge today, so let's use it!"
Additionally, it is essential to remember that changes do not happen on their own. One must actively work for it and be conscious of its history.
"The skewed gender distribution in many fields is not mysterious. Women have been excluded from history for as long as we have had documented texts. It is a myth that discussions about gender are 'modern.' People have been discussing gender for centuries. Even in the time of Aristotle and Plato, they were discussing gender. Therefore, it is about what we actively do today because these actions shape the quality we will have in the future. Nothing changes if we do not know our history and actively change it together," says Andresen.
Finally, she emphasizes the willingness to work for human and artistic freedom.
"Where there is a will, there is a way, and I truly believe that. I believe it is a human right to fight for human freedom and artistic freedom. With the resources of education, demystification, diversity, active action, and willpower, I am very optimistic about a bright future."