In fact the imbalance has become self-perpetuating and detrimental to the orchestra as a whole. The Philharmonic’s most recent female member had to spend nine years on probation, rather than the customary three, simply because she took time off to have children. The orchestra’s own spokesman has stated that playing for the Philharmonic is “a demanding job and not practical for female musicians who want a family”. Why would female musicians put themselves into an atmosphere so antediluvian?
Perhaps antediluvian is the right word, perhaps it isn’t.
Rather depends whether having “time off” to have children includes not doing the three or four hours a day of practising that a professional musician needs to do.