I used to sell computers at the Apple store for over two years, and I honestly think I have some insight into why there aren’t as many female producers. Not as many women are interested in producing. In my sales experience, most people who bought weren’t looking to produce in general, men and women alike. However, being a producer myself I always asked people if they intended to do something creative with their computers. I got a lot of varying answers. What I found was that out of the people who bought for creative reasons, the majority were people who wanted to do graphic design. This was a lot more equitable, with seemingly 60% of designers being male, and 40% being female. When it came to music, there was a really interesting dichotomy. Almost all the dudes who were getting computers for music were trying to be the next Skrillex. I honestly think that’s because the guys who got famous here in the US first were male and it’s easy for a little boy to relate to. However, the girls who bought for music purposes were a lot more interested in recording audio. They were primarily singer/songwriter types, wishing to get a decently fast computer and a USB mic to start trying to record themselves. I honestly believe this is because women respond more to music with lyrics than guys do. This has been scientifically proven. (it’s also why girls really get off on dirty talk in bed, also a fact, google it haha). Women respond more emotionally to words than men do on an instinctual level, so it makes perfect sense to me that girls who grow up wanting to make music would be much more heavily influenced by music with lyrics. This really stands to reason imo when you see that the most successful female dj/ producing acts in the world make very vocal heavy tracks. I honestly believe it’s much less sexism in the industry, and a lot more gender based predisposition. The female producers out there who do make primarily bass and percussion heavy tracks absolutely kill it and have legions of fans, so i don’t think it has anything to do with discrimination. It may have a tad to do with forced gender roles, but i really believe the idea that women respond more to music with lyrics is the largest factor. It’s why counrty music is so popular amongst ladies, and why girls can’t get enough T-swift even though she’s been writing the same song for 10 years now.