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12 November 2005

You go, girl!

Australian Simone Young has broken one of the world's last bastions of male domination by being named the first woman to conduct the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic orchestra.

Sydney born Young will take the baton this Sunday, becoming the first female to conduct the 156-year-old orchestra.

The Vienna Philharmonic was ordered to accept women in 1997 if it wanted to continue getting state subsidies, but although technically open to female musicians it continued to keep them out by claiming aspiring female musicians were not up standard.

Ms Young's appointment was welcomed in musical circles where the orchestra's male only policy was branded sexist and out of date.

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