Is International Women’s Day bad for women? Is it innate hypocrisy to make a fuss one day a year when all round the world, millions of women are struggling simply to survive and protect others? Making a fuss about middle class white folk priorities distracts from much more immediate issues like poverty, abuse, health, education, even climate change, where activism would really make a change. So some people react in fury because some women composer isn’t revered like Schubert? Tell that to the women of Africa and the Middle East, or in the underclasses in affluent “civilized” societies. Until women are respected for themselves, not for their gender, media frenzy about Women’s Day is demeaning.
Good women have been doing good things for millennia, almost always against the odds. Today, let’s remember Morfydd Owen (1891-1918). She doesn’t seem to have been shaped by her gender. Though she died before her 27tth birthday, she was prolific. She moved in interesting artistic and intellectual circles and might, quite likely, have developed well. Read more about her HERE on Tŷ Cerdd, Discover Welsh Music, from which you can buy printed scores and also a CD of her songs for voice and piano. Making her work available is the proper way to honour her memory. Talent needs no special pleading.
Original Source: Morfydd Evans – Talent has no gender