Help these women's voices to be
We are excited to be leading this project, conceived
and developed by talented NZ composer, Janet Jennings, to revive
and set to music the words of amazing wahine from Aotearoa, who
have worked to better the lives of women. You can help ensure
we can offer a free public performance of this new music, and
ensure that it is professionally recorded for all the world to
hear. Importantly, we want to ensure our artists are paid a
fair fee for their work, and this is where we particularly need
your help. Your donation will help ensure we have enough
funds that this can happen.
Composer Janet Jennings has
especially chosen words that capture the struggle of women to reach
equality, summarising where we have come from, and what we have
achieved. She also has chosen words that reflect on how far
we have yet to go. These are important messages for our time
- even though some of the words were first spoken many years
The talented female musicians bringing the
compositions to life include Yoshiko Tsuruta,Maia-Dean Martin, Catrin Johnsson, Te Ohorere Williams, Stephanie Acraman, Rachel Thomas, and Noelle Dannenbring, and the music
includes interesting mixes of voice, marimba, piano, percussion and
violin. You can help recognise their skills and talents by
supporting this project!
Words of the following women will be set to
1. Kate Sheppard: words from one of her most
influential speeches of 1892;
2. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860
-1935): Charlotte was a prominent American writer/lecturer for
social reform who served as a role model for future generations of
3. Ākenehi Tōmoana (died 1908) (Ngāi Te
Rangiitā, Ngāti Papa-tua-maro, Ngāti Ngarengare, Ngāi Turahi):
Ākenehi was a prominent Māori leader of chiefly status. She was a
strong advocate for women's rights on multiple fronts;
4. Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia
(1868-1920) (Ngati Te Reinga, Ngati Manawa and Te Kaitutae): Meri
was an influential activist in the 1890s; and
5. Jacinda Ardern: N.Z.'s Prime Minister
has given permission for her words to be used for this project.
Your support will help revive and highlight the issues
of equality for women.
We are providing free live performance for the public
to attend, immediately prior to recording the music.
We already have commitment from international
recording label, Atoll Records, to record this music, and SOUNZ
have committed to videoing the live performance.
We need your help to get these important voices
recorded and out into the world! We have some funding already
but to meet minimum costs, including costs of recording and making
sure our female artists are paid fairly for their mahi, we are
projecting a $5000 shortfall. We hope you will help make sure
this project can go ahead and the voices of NZ women be sent out
around the globe!