The working group for gender balance in ringing

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, has sponsored a research project into the question: Why is it that there is an even gender balance among ringers in the early stages of ringing, but the gender distribution changes at more “advanced levels?

This website is to enable the bell ringing community to explore the issue of gender balance within bell ringing.  It aims to air the issues, and enable people to share experiences so that the working party and wider community can start to explore what barriers there may be, visible or invisible, to achieving an equal distribution of gender in bell ringing.  Barriers to progression creates pools of untapped potential and threatens the longer-term sustainability of our hobby.

Stories

Statistics and figures tell us a lot, but don't necessarily tell us why. Real experiences by ringers, both positive and negative, add to our knowledge and understanding. Here are our latest contributions.

At a District Meeting two or three years ago we welcomed two male visitors. One of them had phoned in...

I agree with the writer of the 'Conducting' piece. Although I conducted a number of quarters and pieces during practices...

I learnt to ring at University with a good band and though taught mainly by men, had plenty of females...