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Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)

08 Mar 19 - 10:38 AM (#3980932)
Subject: Songs for International Women's Day
From: robomatic

Today is International Women's Day. Sitting in Starbucks I noticed that there is a song selection of songs sung by women, mostly pretty poppy. Are there especially appropriate songs we shoujld be thinking of or that members have written that are appropriate for this topic?

I take the attitude that one doesn't have to be female to originate the songs (or this thread).

08 Mar 19 - 12:41 PM (#3980953)
Subject: ADD: The March of the Women
From: Tattie Bogle

Don't think you'll hear this one in Starbuck's somehow, but appropriate for anyone who is marching today!

Music by Ethel Smyth: Words by Cicely Hamilton

Shout, shout, up with your song!
Cry with the wind for the dawn is breaking.
March, march, swing you along,
Wide blows our banner and hope is waking.
Song with its story, dreams with their glory,
Lo! They call and glad is their word.
Forward! Hark how it swells
Thunder of freedom, the voice of the Lord.

Long, long, we in the past,
Cower’d in dread from the light of Heaven;
Strong, strong, stand we at last;
Fearless in faith and with sight new given.
Strength with its beauty, life with its duty
(Hear the voice, oh, hear and obey).
These, these beckon us on,
Open your eyes to the blaze of day!

Comrades, ye who have dared,
First in the battle to strive and sorrow;
Scorned, spurned, naught have ye cared,
Raising your eyes to a wider morrow,
Ways that are weary, days that are dreary,
Toil and pain by faith ye have borne.
Hail, hail, victors ye stand,
Wearing the wreath that the brave have worn!

Life, strife, these two are one!
Naught can ye win but by faith and daring;
On, on, that ye have done,
But for the work of today preparing.
Firm in reliance, laugh a defiance
(Laugh in hope for sure is the end)
March, march, many as one,
Shoulder to shoulder and friend to friend!

Music by Ethel Smyth: Words by Cicely Hamilton

08 Mar 19 - 01:40 PM (#3980964)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: GUEST,Des Gander

'Bread and Roses' surely?

08 Mar 19 - 05:45 PM (#3980991)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: topical tom

peggy Seeger's "I'm gonna be an engineer

09 Mar 19 - 12:31 AM (#3981027)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: Jim Dixon


09 Mar 19 - 04:40 AM (#3981056)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: GUEST,henryp

Oh Mother, Oh Mother, You've seen it before
The hardship of labour, the horror of war
We'll work with our sisters, sunrise to nightfall
To build a new world that is fit for us all

My contribution to International Women's Day.

09 Mar 19 - 09:04 AM (#3981108)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: Dave the Gnome

Bit late. Three Drunken Maidens. Emancipation before the word was dreamt of :-)

09 Mar 19 - 10:00 AM (#3981116)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: punkfolkrocker

09 Mar 19 - 12:35 PM (#3981137)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: Helen

Any song written by
Judy Small

I have just found out that she is a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. I didn't know that but I am totally not surprised. I'm very pleased, in fact. A voice of balance and reason in a position of authority in which she can make a major difference in our society.

Yay!! Way to go, Judy!! :-D

A couple of her songs that I have seen her perform are 'Mothers, Daughters, Wives', and 'The IPD'.

Just a warning: Guys, you might want to brace yourselves before listening to 'The IPD'.

09 Mar 19 - 12:50 PM (#3981140)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day
From: Helen

Some Judy Small suggestions:

Mothers Daughters Wives

You Don't Speak for Me

Bridget Evans

Family Maiden Aunt


but here is a song which will help with the pain by giving you a good laugh:

La Vie En Pose (The French Song)

07 Mar 23 - 10:57 PM (#4167171)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: Joe Offer

Here's a very nice performance of "The March of the Women":

08 Mar 23 - 12:23 AM (#4167172)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: JennieG

'The march of the women' is playing on the radio - ABC Classic FM, for the Ozzies - as we speak.

09 Mar 23 - 10:39 PM (#4167195)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: GerryM

Maria Muldaur, I'm a Woman:

10 Mar 23 - 04:50 AM (#4167210)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: GUEST,henryp

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth was born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire in 1886. She began work in a cotton mill when she was eleven. Aged twenty, she left to become a writer and the first working-class woman to publish a novel. Her successful novels included Miss Nobody and This Slavery, both dramatised by BBC Radio 4 in October 2022. She was an active socialist too. This song is a tribute to her.

This Slavery by Henry Peacock; sung to St Denio, based on a traditional Welsh ballad and familiar as the hymn tune for "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise".

The mill owner stands at the gate with his key
While inside the workers all long to be free
They lie down so weary at the end of the day
And dream that a new world will soon come their way

Chorus; You may call me a mill girl or Miss Nobody
But no-one can keep me in this slavery

A world where the hungry can find food to eat
And those who go barefoot have shoes for their feet
Where those who go ragged shall have clothes to wear
And all those who labour receive their fair share


Where walls that divide us fall down to the ground
And we can roam freely the country all round
Where we have a pathway up to the great heights
And we have a party to fight for our rights!


One hundred years later, what have we to show
As prices rise higher and wages stay low?
Poor families must choose if they heat or they eat
And then pay their rent or be thrown on the street


10 Mar 23 - 06:56 PM (#4167301)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: GUEST,Jon Bartlett

Not entirely appropriate, but children in factories were often girls:

The golf links lie so near the mill
That almost every day
The laboring children at their work
Can see the men at play.

- a slight re-write of Sara Cleghorn's original

Jon Bartlett

11 Mar 23 - 01:23 AM (#4167327)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: rich-joy

My "vote" goes to Naomi Littlebear Morena's anthem, used to great effect throughout the Greenham Common years of the 80s (and into the 90s) :

"You can't kill the Spirit, She's LIKE A MOUNTAIN
Old and and strong, It goes on and on ...."

This song still moves me .....

This is Naomi Littlebear Morena's recent re-take on her 1977 classic :

Naomi speaks of her song and its long anthemic history here :

Marilyn Keller is the singer here :

Plus, I rather like this quirky version by London's The Deep Throat Choir :

There are many short Greenham docos online, but I rather like this one :
"Mothers of the Revolution" : - watch the trailer!! (you can rent the film on YT for AU$6 - and on other sites)

"In 1981 a group of 36 women set off on a 120 mile march from Cardiff to Berkshire to protest against the planned arrival of American nuclear missiles on UK soil. In doing so they started something extraordinary, in time galvanizing over 70,000 women into action to protect their children and future generations. This is the untold story of those Greenham Common women. A tale of how a small number of them made connections with their counterparts in the peace movement behind the Iron Curtain, travelling to the Soviet Union to advance peace and, eventually, contributing towards the end of the Cold War. How they amplified and took the achievements of the Greenham Common movement onto the world stage by being daring, fun, inventive and brave. What they started that day in 1981, around a kitchen table while their children played, became a global movement and the start of a revolution that changed the world."   They went to the USA too .....

It is the 42 year anniversary this year, of the start of these "ordinary" women's amazing strength, courage, and commitment - and their winning over weapons, for Britain and for the World.

But just WHO amongst us, I wonder, is going to take up their banner to stop the spread and use of the world-destroying weapons, this time around?????

..... sigh .....

R-J (Down Under)

12 Mar 23 - 12:00 AM (#4167342)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: Sandra in Sydney

Don't Be Too Polite Girls - words & audio

A song by Glen Tomasetti © Glen Tomasetti 1969
Tune "All Among The Wool"

We're really on the way, girls, really on the way,
Hooray for equal pay, girls, hooray for equal pay,
They're going to give it to most of us, in spite of all their fears
But do they really need to make us wait three years.

Don't be too polite girls, don't be too polite,
Show a little fight girls, show a little fight,
Don't be fearful of offending, in case you get the sack
Just recognise your value and we won't look back.

I sew up shirts and trousers in the clothing trade,
Since men don't do the job I can't ask to be better paid
The people at the top rarely offer something more
Unless the people underneath are walking out the door.

They say a man needs more to feed his children and his wife,
Well, what are the needs of a woman who leads a double working life?
When the whistle blows for knock-off it's not her time for fun
She goes home to start the job that's not paid and never done.

Don't be too afraid girls, don't be too afraid,
We're clearly underpaid girls, clearly underpaid,
Tho' equal pay in principle is every woman's right
To turn that into practice, we must show a little fight.

We can't afford to pay you, say the masters in their wrath
But woman says "Just cut your coat according to the cloth"
If the economy won't stand then here's the answer boys,
"Cut out the wild extravagance on the new war toys".

All among the bull girls, all among the bull,
Keep your hearts full girls, keep your hearts full
What good is a man as a doormat, or following at heel?
It's not their balls we're after, it's a fair square deal.


In Australia women still earn less then men, not just because many work in caring professions (child care, elder care, teaching - all low paid professions!) & have less in their superannuation to help them in their retirement, & it has recently been noted that our scheme of deferred fees for tertiary education (Higher Education Loan Program) is also a millstone around female necks as repayment only cuts when earnings reach a certain level.

12 Mar 23 - 04:17 AM (#4167346)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: BrooklynJay

A little late, but:

Something About the Women by Holly Near.


12 Mar 23 - 03:04 PM (#4167409)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: Susanne (skw)

What about "Don't Get Married Girls" or "Rosa's Lovely Daughters"?

13 Mar 23 - 05:05 AM (#4167441)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: Acorn4

Ada Lovelace

13 Mar 23 - 05:07 AM (#4167442)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: Acorn4

Sorry - correct link for second one:-

Alice Hawkins

13 Mar 23 - 05:28 AM (#4167443)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)

I'm Gonna Be an Engineer
Song by Peggy Seeger
When I was a little girl I wished I was a boy
I tagged along behind the gang and wore my corduroys.
Everybody said I only did it to annoy
But I was gonna be an engineer
Mamma said, "Why can't you be a lady?
Your duty is to make me the mother of a pearl
Wait until you're older, dear
And maybe you'll be glad that you're a girl.
Dainty as a Dresden statue, gentle as a Jersey cow,
Smooth as silk, gives cream and milk
Learn to coo, learn to moo
That's what you do to be a lady, now.
When I went to school I learned to write and how to read
Some history, geography and home economy
And typing is a skill that every girl is sure to need
To while away the extra time until the time to breed
And then they had the nerve to ask, what would I like to be?
I says, "I'm gonna be an engineer!"
"No, you only need to learn to be a lady
The duty isn't yours, for to try to run the world
An engineer could never have a baby
Remember, dear, that you're a girl"
She's smart --- for a woman.
I wonder how she got that way?
You get no choice, you get no voice
Just stay mum, pretend you're dumb.
That's how you come to be a lady, today.
Then Jimmy came along and we set up a conjugation
We were busy every night with loving recreation
I spent my days at work so he could get an education
And now he's an engineer!
He said: "I know you'll always be a lady
The duty of my darling is to love me all her life
Could an engineer look after or obey me?
Remember, dear, that you're my wife!"
Well as soon a Jimmy got a job, I began again
Then happy at me turret-lathe a year or so, and then
The morning that the twins were born, Jimmy says to them
"Your mother was an engineer!"
"You owe it to the kids to be a lady
Dainty as a dish-rag, faithful as a chow
Stay at home, you got to mind the baby
Remember you're a mother now!"
Every time I turn around there's something else to do
Cook a meal or mend a sock or sweep a floor or two
Listening to Jimmy Young - it makes me want to spew
I was gonna be an engineer.
Though I only wish that I could be a lady
I'd do the lovely things that a lady's s'posed to do
I wouldn't even mind if only they would pay me
Then I could be a person too.
What price for a woman?
You can buy her for a ring of gold,
To love and obey, without any pay,
You get a cook and a nurse for better or worse
You don't need a purse when a lady is sold.
Oh, but now the times are harder and me Jimmy's got the sack;
I went down to Vicker's, they were glad to have me back.
But I'm a third-class citizen, my wages tell me that
And I'm a first-class engineer!
The boss he says "We pay you as a lady,
You only got the job because I can't afford a man,
With you I keep the profits high as may be,
You're just a cheaper pair of hands."
You got one fault, you're a woman;
You're not worth the equal pay.
A bitch or a tart, you're nothing but heart,
Shallow and vain, you've got no brain,
Or you can go down the drain like a lady today
Well, I listened to my mother and I joined a typing pool
Listened to my lover and I put him through his school
But if I listen to the boss, I'm just a bloody fool
And an underpaid engineer
I been a sucker ever since I was a baby
As a daughter, as a wife, as a mother and a dear
But I'll fight them as a woman, not a lady
I'll fight them as an engineer!
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Peggy Seeger
I'm Gonna Be an Engineer lyrics © Stormking Music Inc, Stormking Music

13 Mar 23 - 09:42 PM (#4167499)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: GerryM

The Victim Gets the Blame. Written by Si Kahn. Here's a recording by Anne Feeney:

13 Mar 23 - 09:50 PM (#4167500)
Subject: RE: Songs for International Women's Day (March 8)
From: GerryM

The lyrics to The Victim Gets the Blame are on Mudcat, but under a different title:

(Si Kahn)

They pinch you in the Xerox room, they bump you in the hall
And if you say a word to them they say it's all your fault.
They call you in their office and they stare straight at your breasts
And if you take their hand away, they say it's how you're dressed.

But it's the same the whole world over; happens all the time.
The woman who's the victim gets convicted of the crime.
Yes, it's the same the whole world over; always been the same,
The guilty claim they're innocent and the victim gets the blame.

Now the boss will say, "you asked for it," and, "Don't you have the nerve."
Or else he'll get you fired and say you got what you deserved.
If you speak out he'll say you're only tryin' to smear his name.
If not he'll tell his friends that they can go and try the same.


Now if sick folks caused diseases, everybody would have their health.
And if poor folks caused poverty, we all would share the wealth
If soldiers caused invasions, the generals would fight alone,
And if women caused harassment they'd be safe at work and home.

The guilty claim they're innocent and the victim gets the blame.

Copyright Joe Hill Music
@parody @political @feminist
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