I have to be honest, I've never really been that involved with IWD. It's passed me by every year and I've never seen a problem, probably because I've never stopped to think about it in detail. I guess that IS the problem, so many of us just accept how things are and see the status-quo as 'normal', so we think 'there's no issue'.
I can categorically say, that over the last year I have been on the receiving end of direct discrimination because of my gender - both in the music industry but also in the day-job that I do (to get money in so I can continue to be in the music industry!). It is STILL a problem even in 2018.
As a woman: I am often not taken seriously. I have to go above and beyond to get people's respect. I have to work twice as hard as any man, in work or in music, to get people to pay attention to what I'm doing. I have been turned down for things because of what I look like. I am turned down for things because I am of an age where I might have a child. I have been sexually abused at work. People have treated me like I am unintelligent, and that my opinion means nothing. Those same people have been shocked when I have proven them wrong. #metoo #enoughisenough
I'm not saying this as a made up rant, I'm saying this because IT IS THE TRUTH.
Men still reign supreme over many industries, especially music - it's an old boys club where if you don't fit in to what they expect a woman to do, or what they want you to look like, then you're not worth their time (see my previous Women In Music post.) It's celebrated when a lowly woman is able to write music, produce music, gets a record deal, be a boss - like it's something out of the normal. Like its an amzing thing that woman have been allowed to do this. Why is it celebrated, why isn't it just NORMAL? ...And don't get me started on how little the media help!!
So, when you sit down and think 'international women's day isn't needed' or 'I don't know what all the fuss is about - we have equality' just take a second to think, really think, about whether that is the case.
It's time to push for this to end.
Thanks for reading, I'd please encourage you to comment and share this post with everyone who needs to read it, every woman who feels like they're struggling on their own and, well - just talk about it.
MOAN ahead!! Sorry, I know I'm usually a sunshine person but I've started to experience some shite in my career purely because of my gender and have been getting SUPER frustrated with it. Last week I took to my Patreon to write a diary post about the experiences I've had (so far!) :
"...nearly every other female musician I was friends with had had the same thing - that was unless they were one of two things.
Having read it back I thought it was important to share this with everyone...
The saddest thing I've found is that everything I've said about in my post is normalised. A lot of industry 'people' don't realise that there's a problem, but when you're getting turned down based on your looks or the fact that you don't meet their expectation of what a woman Can Do (here's a tip - gender doesn't mean you can or can't do ANYTHING!) and not because your music is bad - it starts to GRATE.
You can read the whole post on my Patreon here, I would encourage you to take a look, and join the discussion.
Love and hugs
Literally EVERYTHING in my store is ON SALE!!
Excitingly, I have two new designs to get printed up and so I need to make room in my stock cupboard (which also happens to be the music room, and the cats bedroom...!) for them both!
This sale will last till the end of Feb when I'll be placing the first order of my new designs to the stockists, there will be a pre-order available soon, so make sure you watch this space!!
Love and sunshine
*ON SALE* Breaking Out - 2017 (includes postage)
£8.00 - £14.00
Get your hands on the NEW ALBUM from Verity here, featuring new tracks including her most recent kick-ass singles I Don’t Care and Breaking Out! Order on the store and Verity will even sign it!
(price includes postage!)
*ON SALE* Breaking Out Limited edition digipak - 2017 (includes postage!)
£15.00 - £21.00
These tasty, limited edition, digipaks come with two extra tracks (album mixes of Too Much and Look Inside) and a lyrics book with lovely photos!
Price includes postage!
*ON SALE* I Don't Care official ladies Tee (includes postage!)
Limited edition I DONT CARE ladies tee, in plum with a v-neck. Price includes postage in Europe. For further afield please contract us with your order to pay extra postage!
Sizes - Small : Medium : Large
*ON SALE* I Don’t Care official Tee (includes postage!)
This awesome dark grey, high quality Tee features the new I Don’t Care logo, complete with shillouetted drinks bottles!
Great yours now, before they go!
SMALL - MEDIUM - LARGE - X-LARGE - XX-LARGE all available!!
Includes postage within Europe, for postage further afield please email email@example.com
*ON SALE* I Don't Care magnets (includes postage!)
£2.50 - £4.50
Super fun magnets with the I Don't Care logo to grace your fridge :)
( If you buy multiple items we can arrange a shipping discount )
Hey hey lovers
I have TWO NEW SHOWS to let you guys know about!
Make sure you grab your online passes to watch the Breaking Out tour live-streamed gig at 7pm GMT!
We're going to play the full tour set AND have an ongoing Ask me Anything throughout the gig too!!
Head HERE to get your pass (only $1!)
I'm super pleased to announce that we've been chosen to play a fab new venue in London - 93 Feet East, Brick Lane - as part of Absent Kelly Presents.
Come on down and celebrate not having to work for a few days due to chocolate eggs!
Tickets are available by emailing me HERE, and only £6!
See you online, or in person, soon!
Thanks as always for your ongoing love and support with my music, it means so much in my darker times that you're all there. You've been amazing this week, thank you.