Even the Score. The New Yorker, April 29, 2013.
"The 'Woman Composer' Is Dead," the Amy Beth Kirsten essay that inspired this column, may be found here. See also "Pull Up a Chair," by Alexandra Gardner; "The Power List," by Ellen McSweeney; and, from a few years back, "Lend Me a Pick Ax," by Lisa Hirsch — all from the virtual pages of NewMusicBox. Websites for some of the composers mentioned: Kristin Norderval, Kaija Saariaho, Carla Kihlstedt, Imani Uzuri, Olga Neuwirth, and the remarkable Rebecca Saunders. The photo above shows Ethel Smyth, the only female composer ever to have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera.