Music Trivia: Answer 6

We may still have some gender stereotyping when it comes to what musical instrument to play, but the reality is that the stereotyping has really broken down. During the Renaissance period, women were to have gentle, delicate, “in the home” roles. That limited their selection of instruments to plucked string instruments and some keyboard strings, like virginals. Instruments like flute and violincello were frowned upon for women because of either the distortion of the face or spreading of legs. Violin was also discouraged for women because of its association with dance. It was not until the nineteenth century that the barriers against women playing orchestral instruments such as flute, violin, and violincello were gradually broken down.

Sources: erudit, New York Public Library, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra