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Gender has an impact on 20th and 21st century female flute music composers and their ability to have music published and performed. Rigid gender roles and stereotypes often prevent female composers from being able to share their music with the world. Because their music may not be published it is not readily available and is not heard, so they receive no publicity or recognition. My creative work was a flute recital of music written by living female 20th and 21st century American composers which will accompany my project essay. The potential benefits of this project include fostering a greater interest and awareness of music written by this underrepresented population.