To mark International Women’s Day 2020, we thought it fitting to celebrate the amazing women in the music industry. From solo artists to female lead bands, photographers to festival directors, and everything in between, the industry is indebted to the artistry, creativity and business acumen that women bring to the table.
In it’s default state, the music industry is inherently misogynistic. It may not intend to be, nor in fact know it is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t.
Similar to racism, as South London rapper, Dave sang in his freestyle performance of his song “Black” at this year’s Brits Awards, “It is racist, whether or not it feels racist, the truth is our prime minister’s a real racist / They say – ‘you should be grateful, we’re the least racist’/ I say the least racist is still racist”, equally, sexism is sexism, whether it is meant or not.
Thankfully, we have moved along way from the 1950’s-style-advertisement-world, we see in Madmen, that discriminates against women so candidly and blatantly that can only be laughed at today, as it is so ridiculous. But, as recent world events tells us, whether it is Trumponian-1984 style governance, or coronavirus doomsday scenario, we’re never too far from slipping into mass hysteria and dark-ages-thought, and should remain vigilant and ready to fight against all types of prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, if we are to triumph and evolve as a species.
And so, without further a dew, we introduce you to a number of emerging and established female artists from across the globe. This is just a taster, demonstrating the quality, the breath of styles, the creativity and the sheer strength in women in music in 2020.