The symphony has been largely male dominated for centuries. Women had been discouraged from playing music and essentially had to create a place for themselves in the professional orchestral world. They faced gender discrimination and harassment along their struggle to be accepted. Now that women are more represented; they still have to face harassment and a discrepancy in salary. It can be argued that the discrimination against women is still prevalent, but they have made great strides and found success in this male-dominated profession. This paper intends to investigate specifically the role of women musicians in the western music orchestral world, their reception and whether professional struggles persist.