So are you saying there’s no gender gap in other areas of music? I don’t think plonking down the Beyonce card here says anything anyway - there are far more people involved in that scene (which includes massive marketing machinery) and a few female examples don’t change the overall demographic.
Having said that, I do agree that the whole gender gap thing is an artificial construct of a culture that emphasises artificial differences between men and women. It’s really strange but I do find that the supposedly more equalitarian mentality in the West about this issues is completely blown out of th water in the supposedly more backward East in some areas, most notably science and engineering.There are few hangups about women training to be scientists and engineers over there whereas in the west there seems to be a reluctance to change whether from a societal mindset or individual expectations. Note that I’m not saying that women in the East have it any easier rising to senior positions, in fact it might be more difficult. Just that there are more women entering into those fields.