We reflect on International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day from the Farringdon family. In case you missed our updates, throughout this week we’ve been profiling some of the talented women who keep the disco running every weekend. To mark the occasion, we thought it would be a good idea to hear what International Women’s Day means to them, and what it’s like being a woman working in the music industry in 2020. It's been an opportunity for us to highlight the progress that’s been made in our industry over the last few years, as well as the work that still needs to be done. Together, we hope that by showing our ongoing support for the women who make us who we are, we’ll come closer to equality in our society. As we reflect on today, we gathered some of our team’s thoughts below. With them, we are immeasurably stronger.

Anastasia Mina – Operations

“I think it’s amazing that we have a day to celebrate women! It’s a shame we haven't come further and that we still have to shine a light on equality between men and women. However, as women we have all been inspired in the same way to be who we want to be. I have been very lucky in the teams I have been a part of, and I have always been pushed to be the best version of myself possible. I have so many influential female figures in my life who have taught me that it’s important to straighten each others’ crowns, and this has meant a lot to me over the years. This day is a good reminder for all of us to remember the women who have inspired us. It’s definitely important to remember how far we’ve come, however just wait and see how far we can go when we are all united and equal. I LOVE BEING A WOMAN. A woman can still be a lighting designer, a woman can still be a sound engineer, a woman can still be a tour manager, she can still be a mother and have a career. She can still be herself and offer innovative ideas to her teams. We can all be anything and everything we dream of. We are all here for music!”

Diana Foster – Logistics Manager

“Having worked in the industry for a couple of years now, I believe in the positive impact that IWD seems to have on various levels and people. I see it more as an opportunity to raise awareness, support and empower each other more. If we can use it as a tool in order to have more voices heard or educate people, I’m well up for it! I trust in community building and it is very motivating to see friends and acquaintances smashing it and living to their full potential; creating groups, networks and putting on events that empower women. We need to see more women at the forefront encouraging other women to do whatever they want to do. I think it will become increasingly apparent how a male-dominated industry can change through women being placed in positions of power.”

Judy Griffith – Promotions Manager

“It’s great to have a day like International Women’s Day where we can shine a light on gender equality whilst celebrating womens’ achievements and progress in the world, but I hope that sooner rather than later we are in a place where we don’t have to shout about it – it will just be the norm. I’ve been lucky that for most of my time in the music industry I’ve been trusted, and my voice has been heard and respected, but it wasn’t always like that, and I have had more than my fair share of disrespect, disparity, racism and sexism. In 2020 things are definitely changing, we have finally created an environment where women look out for women, and personal stories – good and bad – are shared with confidence. There is collaboration between us, and women (and men) are starting to call out bad practice. There is a general confidence in the air – women feel safer as there is more of a supportive climate, and it makes all the difference when you know someone has your back. We used to have a tendency to hide in the shadows and just get on with it, but now we see the importance of being visible and speaking up for ourselves. We have to show the next generation that we are here, and that you can achieve pretty much anything with hard work regardless of gender or culture. We still have a long way to go – apparently over 100 years before gender equality can actually be achieved but certainly for now the tide is turning at a more accelerated rate. And that in itself is very inspiring. fabric knows better than anyone that change can happen with collective activism, and if we take action together we can help all women achieve their ambitions.”

Kate Malcolm – Product Manager & fabricfirst Secretary

“I feel ambivalent towards International Women's Day. It makes me feel appreciated, angry, sad, helpless and connected all at the same time. We shouldn’t need it, it shouldn’t be there, it feels like a gift and a burden all at once. But whilst women have the visibility on this particular day, it’s a chance to open eyes to the unique trials we face. For me, when women are perceived beyond the traditional boundaries, the ability to improve our world will soar. The music industry is a slice of society, so the things that need attention out there need fixing here too. It is still white male dominated, but there are loads of people within it wanting it to change – and it will. Everyone – including women in this industry – has a responsibility to extend out to a hand out to invite and support a more diverse range of people within it.”

Mantra – FABRICLIVE Resident

“IWD is always quite conflicting for me, as organisations can use it to promote women for one day whilst doing very little the rest of the year. Having said that, it’s an opportunity to highlight incredible women past and present, and can be used as a tool to promote gender parity and equality. I have a village of women raising me personally and professionally whom I adore. From sisters, cousins, friends and mentors, the women in my life prop me up on a daily basis. There is a huge amount of solidarity between women in drum & bass, and since we started @eq50dnb last year I have seen that solidarity grow. We all need to keep pushing on to make sure the music we love is inclusive and represents all regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. With a little bit of effort from everyone, collectively we can make an already thriving industry better for all. Forward ever, backwards never!”

Niki Nemett – Operations Manager

“For me, International Women’s Day is about solidarity and support between and for women. Being a woman working in music in 2020 is not perfect, but I prefer to focus on the positive aspects as opposed to the negative.”

Wednesday 30th November

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