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The 2019 National 12-bell contest

Percentage of women ringing and conducting in the 2019 competition

The data provided is from the 2019 final at Exeter Cathedral. Of 120 contestants, 27.5% were female (this is slightly higher than the average proportion of female participants in the final since the contest started, which is 25%). This ranged between two and five members of individual teams being female.  Only 3 females in the final rang in the back half of the circle (bells 7-12), accounting for just 5% of the ringers placed on one of these bells, and just 9.1% of the total female participants. This was also the case at the 2018 final at Cambridge, so cannot be solely attributed to the challenging size of Exeter Cathedral’s bells.

Full article and analysis here:  From Learners to Contest Judges – is gender balance being achieved in ringing?