I learned to ring in 1980 when I was in my early 20’s. The Band here was a strong Sunday Service Band ringing Grandsire, Plain Bob and Stedman with good striking being the most important aim. With only one other woman in the team, I actually felt that we were put on a pedestal and that the chaps encouraged us to attain a high standard. I have always felt that I could achieve as much as my ability and determination would allow in ringing. I have no desire to be a leading conductor or peal ringer. I have rung a few peals and conducted one. Our last two branch Ringing Masters have been female, both doing an excellent job. I ring a lot with The Ladies Guild which I thoroughly enjoy. There is certainly less judgement and more team support in Ladies Guild Ringing and I do enjoy that. I also enjoy being part of a mixed band who are striving to be the best they can be. I would suspect that the obvious gender imbalance in conducting etc is caused by the very same things that are prevalent in the boardroom and in politics and in our society in general and not caused by ringing culture in particular.