MilkGirl: International Women’s Day Celebration at MilkBoy ArtHouse

By Colleen Neely

MilkBoy ArtHouse celebrated International Women’s Day with a concert consisting of an all-female lineup March 8.

While the New Belgium Brewing-sponsored event celebrated the achievements of women in the music industry, it sought to “inspire more to fulfill their dreams,” according to Facebook event details.

The concert was full of music, energy and, most of all, female empowerment. The main theme of the event was to “rock like a girl,” according to  an event poster.

The lineup included bands on tour as well as one group, Meagan & Jenna, who are signed to Terrapin Record Label, housed in MilkBoy. The other artists that performed were Sahara, Nalani & Sarina, The OSYX and  Black Folks Don’t Swim?

The music performed was a mix of original songs and covers, many of which focused on life and relationships through the female perspective.

“I thought that the concert was fantastic, not just because the performers were really good,” said Hannah Brayshaw, a freshman architecture major. “All the songs had to do with empowering women and supporting each other, and I thought that MilkBoy was really cool to support that too.”

The concert benefited the nonprofit Girls Behind the Rock Show. According to its website, GBTRS works to “level the playing field” for women by making entering the music industry and staying involved in it more accessible to women. GBTRS primarily focuses on college-aged girls and aims to “garner a 50/50 workforce,” according to their site.

The first National Women’s Day in the United States was celebrated on Feb. 28, 1909. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 in 1975 as a part of International Women’s Year.

The day is meant to celebrate women and “their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political,” according to the U.N. website.

Featured Photo Credit: Courtesy of Colleen Neely/Bloc Reporter.

Colleen Neely is a freshman journalism major and can be reached at neelyc@terpmail.umd.edu.

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