Today is International Women’s Day. I really believe it’s important to have this day where we can reflect and celebrate all the progress that’s been made whilst taking note and raising awareness of the issues women continue to face all over the world.
A year ago I released my single “Queen” - a rare all-female created track. Unfortunately a year on, the stats for women in music don’t seem to have progressed very far - women only account for 1 in 47 production credits according to the USC Annenberg Report (click here to see the full report).
I imagine a lot of people will see equality in the music industry as a minor issue, but I whole-heartedly disagree. 99% of songs on the radio have a male-songwriter on them, 57% of those songs are written by all male teams…literally less than 1% of songs on popular radio are written by all-female teams and almost every song a woman writes is co-written/produced by a man. Every single day practically the whole of Western society are subconsciously listening to an unbalanced all-male perspective while they’re doing something as basic as listening to music (even when it’s a female voice)…can you see what I’m getting at? It’s no wonder we’ve got issues with male dominance and gender-equality when our subconcience is constantly being handed male perspectives.
The solution is collective action. Promoting target inclusion goals like PRS Keychange who are encouraging festivals to pledge to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. Mentorships and education. Artists demanding inclusion as part of their rider. Male, female and non-binary artists actively seeking out female writers and producers and being loud and proud about it. Fans pro-actively heckling DJs and festivals to put their favourite female artists on.
We’ll get there..
In the meantime, I wanna say a HUGE thank you to Apple Music for featuring my song “Queen” on their #GlobalFeminism playlist alongside some of the greatest artists of all time including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, P!nk and Alanis Morissette! #MindBlown
Listen to it here: http://apple.co/GlobalFeminism