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Despite strides forward, women are still missing in music

Despite strides forward, women are still missing in music

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To commemorate Women’s History Month, we will be examining articles that allow us to reflect on the past, present, and future of women. We encourage you to read our summaries as well as the articles themselves and share this with your friends. If you have feedback or suggestions for future articles, contact Kate Mazzotta, Communications Manager, at

Women represent just 21 percent of all musical artists, and in the industry, women make up two percent of music producers and three percent of engineers. Now, the music industry is fighting to change that.

“’Twenty three percent of the 700 songs in our sample had one of 10 male songwriters attached to them,’ [Stacy L. Smith] continues. ‘So, culturally we're allowing 10 men to set the norms — that really doesn't represent the world that we live in.’"

Read the full report from NPR.

We’re choosing to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day because, in addition to raising awareness around women’s issues, The Gathering Place helps women every day. We are metropolitan Denver’s only daytime shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as members, all of our programs and services are free, and they always will be. Celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting the women we serve! Give now. And be sure to share this article with your friends so they can join the celebration.