12th Annual Women’s History Month Conference

The Message is in the Music: Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More

Carmen AshhurstA conference exploring the ways in which young feminists have defined and expressed politics through music and musical cultures and communities will be held at Sarah Lawrence College on Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6, in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information please call (914) 395 2412 or e-mail collegeevents@sarahlawrence.edu.

Sponsored by the Women’s History Program, the conference will examine the power of music as a soundtrack and means of communication for activism and address questions such as: How does music reflect areas of agreement and conflict among different groups of feminists? How have movements like Riot Grrrl and Hip Hop feminism attracted young women to feminist activism? And how do young feminists’ uses of music compare with those of earlier generations? While multiple generations of feminists have used music in these ways, it has played especially vital roles for those born since the 1970s. Carmen Ashhurst, former president of Def Jam and Rush Communications, will be the keynote speaker.

To learn more, visit the Conference Web site.