Women's music is music written by, for, and about women which
began as a recognizable genre during the women's movement of the
1970's and continues today as a source of empowerment and social
- Kimball, Gayle, ed. Women's Culture : The Women's
Renaissance of the Seventies. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press,
- Part three of this anthology of addresses, essays, and lectures
concerns the beginnings of women's music as a genre. Ruth Scovill
contributed an essay called "Women's Music" in which she defines
and analyzes this emerging genre; There is also an interview called
"Female Composition" with composer, conductor, and flutist Kay
Gardner, then Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Women's
Symphony in Boston. Perkins -- CALL NUMBER: 305.40973 W873,
- Schwartz, Ellen. Born a Woman : Seven Canadian Women
Singer-Songwriters. Winlaw, British Columbia: Polestar,
- Biographies of seven Canadian women who combined the folk music
revival of 60's and 70's with the women's movement to create their
musical style. With quotations, photos, and accounts of careers,
personal philosophies, and their definitions of women's music.
Music -- CALL NUMBER: 780.92 S399, B736, 1988
- Hanisch, Carol. Fight on sisters : and other songs for
liberation. New Paltz, NY: Franklin Printing, 1978.
- Radical Songbook containing 12 songs (music and lyrics)
including political ballads and feminist music written because
singing movements have brought about social change throughout
history. With titles like "Bedroom Backlash", "You Better Stop
Blaming Women", and "Not With My Life You Don't". She includes a
story with every song. Rubenstein Library -- CALL NUMBER:
E Pam #4832
- Silverman, Jerry. The Liberated Woman's Songbook. New
York: Macmillan Co., 1971.
- A songbook with lyrics of classic tunes to inform the present
day women's movement. Silverman calls for a "unity of ingredients:
militancy, love, and song to combat the ills of society". Lilly --
CALL NUMBER: 784.4973 S587L, 1971
- Christian, Meg. The Best of Meg Christian. Oakland,
CA: Olivia Records, 1990.
- 17 tunes by an original musician in the genre and one of the
founders of Olivia records, a label devoted to women's music.
Released in the "Women's Music Classics" series. Music Media Center
-- CALL NUMBER: CD 2074
- Dobkin, Alix and Kay Gardener, Lavender Jane Loves
Women. New York: Women's Wax Works, 1975.
- 16 songs about being a woman and a lesbian in the 70's with
titles like "View From a Gay Head" and "The Woman In Your Life Is
You". Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: SC 88
- Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) Archives and
- The ALFA collections are an incredibly rich source of
information about feminist and lesbian activism and communities,
especially in the Southeast, from the early 1970s to the present.
These collections contain ephemera as well as publications relevant
to women's music. Detailed guides are available for these
collections. Rubenstein Library -- CALL NUMBER: X