As we enter the month of March, we enter the month-long observance of Women's History Month. It is a time to acknowledge the often-overlooked achievements of women and to inspire future generations of women to achieve their goals.
The origins of Women's History Month lie in a school district in California in 1978. The district organised a week-long celebration of women's history, which was so successful that it was soon adopted by other schools and organisations across the country. By 1980, the first Presidential Proclamation declared the week of March 8th as National Women's History Week which continued until 1987, when Congress passed a resolution designating the entire month of March as Women's History Month.
Today, Women's History Month is celebrated in countries around the world, with events and activities that honour the achievements and contributions of women in all areas of society, including the arts, science, politics, and business.
The music industry owes a great debt to the women who have helped shape it. From classical music to rock and roll, pop, and hip-hop, female musicians and songwriters have created some of the most iconic and influential songs of all time, breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations of women in music.
Behind the scenes, women like Sylvia Rhone, the first woman to head a major record label, Carla Marie Williams, songwriter for the likes of Girls Aloud, Britney Spears and Beyonces and founder of Girls I Rate, and Catherine Marks, a producer and engineer who has worked with artists such as Wolf Alice, Foals, and The Amazons and winner or the 2018 Music Producers Guild Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, have played instrumental roles in shaping the music industry and leaving an indelible mark on it.
At The Halley we are proud to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for musicians and music businesses, including many talented and accomplished women. We believe that music is a powerful tool for celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity, and The Halley is committed to providing opportunities for people of all backgrounds to collaborate, create, and thrive in the music industry.
Whether you are a musician, songwriter, music producer, music manager, or work in any other aspect of the music industry, we invite you to join us in celebrating the incredible accomplishments of women in music this Women's History Month.
Keep an eye out for our blog posts as we highlight some of the remarkable achievements made by the women in our community.