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music and its development over time may have been significantly different had more women been given a chance to steal the spotlight. The final article of the chapter looks at women’s role in jazz in a completely different light. “Here’s the Lowdown on ‘Two Kinds of Women’” by Marvin Freedman is all about the female opinion of jazz and its drive in the development of this genre. He believes that women’s outlook on jazz and their opinions strongly influence the progression of jazz. Freedman states his simple theory for this argument as: “Women control the public taste, and women do not like jazz!” (Walser 119). He continues to develop his arguement that women control jazz’s popularity, and concludes that the solution is not to teach women to like jazz, but rather give them proportionate representation.
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History will continue to repeat itself when it comes to gender tensions. Despite our best interests, men and women will continue to battle simply because of their differences in biological composition. Jazz music is no different. During the rise of jazz and its sub-genres, the role of women was constantly an issue and a hot topic for debate. Like many times before, women faced the hardship induced by men and fought for their equality. Despite their significant contributions to jazz music, it is likely that men will continue to be remembered as the frontrunners of this era. It is impossible to say if one day females will be considered truly equal to males; however, if one looks deep into the history, it is unarguable that jazz music would be what it is today without women.
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  • Spring '07
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  • Robert Walser

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