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WELCOME Welcome to the latest edition of Hifi Pig Magazine. One of the constant topics of conversation amongst those with an interest in Hifi is “where are all the women?”. This month we have decided to address the issue with a very female-orientated edition…and no, this is not a gimmick, we thought that it was high time that ‘Women In Hifi’ had their voices heard. We have an interview with Sally Gibb, owner and CEO of British cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, which I am sure you will find incredibly interesting. Founding Partner and CEO of the Estonian High-End loudspeaker brand, Estelon, Alissa Vassilkova, gives us an insight into her day in our ‘Living The Hifi Life’ feature. Women who work in the global Hifi Industry tell us exactly what it is like to be a ‘Woman in Hifi’ in 2018 and three female audiophiles talk about how they got into the hobby and their love of music and Hifi. Plus, I give the ‘Itchy Blanket of Gender Politics’ a good shake and delve into gender equality and how we get more women into Hifi as an industry and a hobby. ‘Stu’s Views’ discusses why men using the term WAF really should wake up to the fact that it’s 2018, and James Fleming’s ‘Rants, Raves and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ focuses on the truly iconic Nina Simone. Of course, we have plenty of news, reviews and all our other features for you too. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you…and do please tell us what you think over on the Hifi Pig Facebook page!
CLICK AND GO! INDEX SPECIAL FEATURE WOMEN IN HIFI INTERVIEW Sally Gibb is responsible for creating one of the UK’s best known Hifi brands, cable manufacturer The Chord Company. Hifi Pig talks to Sally about, among other things, how she got into the Hifi Industry, how she runs a successful and harmonious company and the role of women in the Hifi Industry. GO!
THE FEMALE AUDIOPHILES Hif Pig Talks To Three Female Readers Who Are Very Much Audiophiles GO! BIRD’S EYE VIEW We Are All In This Together Linette Smith takes a look gender imbalance in the Hifi Industry and Audiophile Community and how to attract more women into Hifi, both as an industry and a hobby. GO! STU’S VIEWS
WOMEN IN HIFI
Apparently Women have the vote and everything. Stu Smith connects tongue firmly with cheek and discusses the dreaded Wife Acceptance Factor! GO! A BESPOKE SONG NINA SIMONE RECORDED MORE THAN FORTY ALBUMS AND FUSED MANY GENRES. JAMES FLEMING TAKES A LOOK AT THIS AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN. GO! LIVING THE HiFi LIFE
Meet twelve of the many amazing women that work in the Hifi Industry. Here they tell you, in their own words, what it is like to be female in what is often a male dominated industry. They tell it like it is, the good, the bad and the ugly. You will find some shared experiences from women across the globe, some cultural similarities and some differences. Find out what they think about how the industry is progressing for women, if it is it a good industry for a woman to work in and have they encountered sexism or discrimination? GO!
Alissa Vassilkova is a Founding Partner and the CEO of the Estonian High-End loudspeaker brand, Estelon. She gives us an insight into her busy life filled with work, snow, High-End Hifi and…cats! GO!
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