Friday playlist: International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

Welcome to the latest Friday Playlist. As it’s International Women’s Day we thought we’d give today’s audio stream over to some of the leading ladies in music. But who to pick? There are so many great female songwriters to choose from…

The current crop of high profile women in music seems to reflect a healthy and diverse industry. Emeli Sandé’s album Our Version of Events was the biggest-selling record of the 2012. Meanwhile Adele has continued to dominate both sides of the Atlantic and rising stars Laura Mvula and Jessie Ware look set to shake up the pop charts this year.

But behind the headlines, PRS for Music membership has a ratio of 13 percent female to 87 percent male, a figure that remains pretty constant among both new joiners and existing members.

Sarah Rodgers, outgoing Chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors (BASCA), says that her society’s membership is 20 percent female to 80 percent male. Meanwhile, the Music Producers’ Guild (MPG) is even more divided, with women making up less than four percent of its members.

So what better time to big up our women songwriters? You’ll hear classic cuts from the likes of Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, Jessie Ware, Kate Bush, Siouxsie and the Banshees, MIA, Grace Jones, Sleater Kinney, Nancy Sinatra, Sandy Denny and much more… Dig in!

As usual, if there are any songs you think we’ve missed off our list, then let us know at or tweet us @M_magazinePRS

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