Ahead of being honoured with the Impact Award by Billboard at the Women in Music ceremony on Thursday night, Alicia Keys spoke about how more ladies should be hired in the industry.
“If I want to find a female lighting designer, how can I find that person? If I want to find a female sound engineer, how can I find that? If I want to find a female business manager or female lawyer,” Keys questioned at the Billboard x Amex Impact Brunch.
“I think what happens is people get used to working with who they’re used to working with, and then you go and ask for a recommendation and they’ve been used to working with John for 100 years, so John gets recommended,” she continued. “It’s not that Lucy or Terry shouldn’t be recommended, but we get into this systemic style of how we operate. We just get used to it, as opposed to starting to break it and think out of the box and be conscious about the choices that we’re making.”
“It’s happening, it’s a real thing, because women get it done,” she added before expressing that women being hired should not be “so unusual that, ‘Wow, there’s two women on the board! And one of them is black!’ It’s bulls**t.”