The world’s biggest music industry is increasingly dominated by men and women who have traditionally been seen as more competent, creative and charismatic.
But as female singers continue to be overlooked in the industry, it raises questions about whether a generation of young women can be successful in a market where they are still largely unheard of.
A new survey conducted by Billboard shows that Mexican female singers have been underrepresented in the country’s top-earning bands, and that the number of female performers is growing faster than that of their male counterparts.
The study, which was conducted by marketing company Music Marketing Research, asked the top 100 bands in Mexico and the United States to rate the talent and quality of their female singers in terms of songwriting, choreography, vocals and instrumental singing.
The report said the Mexican music industry remains relatively small, with just 20,000 female artists.
“The biggest problem is that there is no representation of female singers among the top artists, which is the real problem,” said Maria Rosalind Ziegler, a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, who conducted the research.
“There is a lack of awareness of the market and of the industry in Mexico.”
The country has historically been a gender-segregated music market, with male and female singers of equal standing.
The only female singers on the Billboard Hot 100 list are the countrys leading male singer, Miguel A. Morales, who is a member of the pop group Arias.
The new report, based on data from data from Billboard, was released Thursday, the same day that singer-songwriter Tanya Tagaq won the prestigious Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for “The Story of My Life.”
The report also said that Mexico has seen an increase in the number and diversity of female pop artists in recent years, but they are far outnumbered by their male peers.
In 2015, a record 4,827 women had a song on the country-wide Hot 100.
That number is up from 3,071 in 2013.
The number of women on the list is still smaller than the number who made the list in 2014, but the increase has been more than fivefold, according to the study.
The survey also found that Mexico’s top female performers are still relatively unknown, with only a few hundred female artists being recognized in the United Sates.
Ziegler said that although she had heard many people say that Mexico was a genderless market, she had not heard such sentiments for female singers.
“I think that it’s very hard to say whether the male-dominated culture is not an important part of it, but I don’t think it’s really true,” she said.
“If I want to be the next Beyonce, I have to look at all the girls who are already in the music business, and I think they are doing really well.
They have really good singers.”