why does BABES FEST exist?

1.) we believe women artists, producers, entertainers, cultural organizers deserve a space to celebrate themselves, network and share resources.

2.) and we think it's time for things* to change:

Half of the people who attend music festivals are women, but the percent of women performers (single artists and all-women groups) hover between 5 and 19 percent. — HuffPost Data

51% of visual artists today are women; on average, they earn 81 cents for every dollar made by male artists. — National Museum for Women in the Arts

The gender divide across all music-industry related jobs is 67.8% male to 32.2% female. — Creative and Cultural Skills

In 2016, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. — Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Less than 30% of TV writers are female, even though, on average, women watch 40 more minutes of TV per day than men. — Nielsen Report

In 2015, 3.4 percent of film directors were female, and only 7 percent of films had a cast whose balance of race and ethnicity reflected the country's diversity. — Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Not so fun fact: There aren't many stats about women in comedy. After reviewing rough guesstimates from different members of the industry (of which there are too many to list here), we have gathered that women comedians seem to comprise anywhere from 5% to 25% of comedy shows. To put this into perspective, by our count, only 20% of women comedians comprised the SXSW Comedy Lineup in 2017.

*It's important to note that the above statistics mostly factor gender alone into the equation; depending on a woman's other identities (regarding race, sexuality, socioeconomic background, culture, religion, etc.) these statistics become even grimmer.

Let's make better art.