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In recent news reports, headlines have announced that 40% of women are now the primary breadwinners in their household. However, this proclamation can be misleading. The statistics are not fully explained in headlines and article introductions, and have become misinterpreted. In actuality, the majority of this 40% of women are single mothers, therefore they are much more likely to be the primary breadwinner of the household anyway because only one parent is in the household. According to statistics, only about 15% of this 40% of women breadwinners are married women who have a spouse in the household. While some of these single mothers could be receiving some kind of child support, it is not clear to what extent this affects the statistical findings. In many reports, the relevance of single mothers is not brought up at all, though it is clearly part of the growing number of women in the work force.
The media continues to state that four in ten women are earning the most income in a household or only income. Most reports mention this statistic and then conclude with people’s opinions on the impact this has on the men in the household without ever really making mention of the relevance of a single parent household. Of course, these reports have begun a wave of panic concerning the changes happening in the household. Many opinion posts about these reports have expressed fear over damage being done to household relationships and fear over the impact on children. Some believe these power shifts and having women working more can pose a threat to maintaining a successful marriage as well as effectively raising children. For example, this CNN opinion article discusses why these changes can be difficult for men to handle.
Here is a video of a discussion carried on by all males on Fox News and their beliefs on the effect on society.
Last week on May 20th, well-known feminist Gloria Steinem opened for Glamour‘s show “These Girls” in New York City. She was followed by monologues performed by Lucy Punch, Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Dianna Agron, Zosia Mamet, Amy Schumer, and musical performances by Amy Poehler. Glamour created this event where a “new generation of voices” could speak in an intimate setting in front of guests.
Lucy Punch spoke about her mother’s feminism and search for her personal identity, Emma Roberts discussed her hope to one day graduate from college and have a normal experience, Alexa Chung spoke about the challenges of dealing with heartbreak, and Dianna Agron told stories about her “11 year awkward phase”. Zosia Mamet of the HBO show Girls discussed love and relationships, mainly her relationship with her current boyfriend who was in attendance and why it is so different from her previous “bad” relationships. Amy Schumer brought up the issues of confidence and self-esteem, stating her beliefs that the media is “really damaging” and creates “unrealistic” expectations for how women should look. Most importantly, she reminded the audience who is in control, saying “I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong.” Finally, Amy Poehler finished the show by performing “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys and “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.
For more on Glamour, their monologue show, and more photos from the event, you can visit:
We were so honored when Santa Barbara Middle School presented us with a check to benefit Girls Rock Camp this summer! They held their annual “Songfest” at the end of April and chose GRSB! and one other organization to receive their earnings of the successful event, created to empower students and their love of music performance. It was truly humbling to have several young female performers from SBMS present us with this check onstage at the school, and we cannot thank all of the students and Marco Andrade for making this donation possible. Santa Barbara’s young women cannot go on rocking without you!
This is a fantastic music video from Beyonce that gives out a strong message about girl power. The dancing in the video is incredible and Beyonce never ceases to amaze us!
Here are some of the lyrics:
I work my 9 to 5, better cut my check
This goes out to all the women getting it in you’re on your grind
To other men that respect what I do please accept my shine
Boy you know you love it how we’re smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children then get back to business
At 3:00 pm on Friday, May 31 in Santa Barbara, four female leaders will be part of a panel discussing their individual journeys to success. This event is being made possible thanks to the Santa Barbara Latina Leaders Network and the Santa Barbara Foundation. The panel will be taking place at the Santa Barbara Foundation at 1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200. This panel, Making it to the Top: The Journey of 4 Women Leaders, will provide helpful information and inspiration to young women who often do not have female role models visible to them. Career panels frequently seem to feature more white males in leadership positions, leaving both people of color and women underrepresented to young people beginning their careers. After hearing from four thriving women of color at the Santa Barbara Foundation, a reception will take place from 4:00 – 6:30 pm. Young women currently attending college are particularly encouraged to attend and should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 24th.
Hello fellow Girl Rockers
Guess what?! Tomorrow is the start of the 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival! This FREE festival located at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara on April 20th from 11am-7pm and April 21st from 11am-6pm, will include live music, different foods from local and regional exhibitors, a kids corner with arts and crafts, contests and much more! You don’t want to miss these days full of sunshine and fun! Come and learn more about our Earth and its environment!
Visit www.sbearthday.org for more information!
I can honestly say that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain concert I attended on April 9, 2013 at UCSB in Campbell hall is by far one of the most entertaining, comedic, enjoyable concerts I have ever been to. I completely underestimated the abilities of a ukulele, nevertheless eight ukuleles all-playing at the same time.When I first saw all the performers I thought it was going to be complete madness and chaos- but boy was I wrong. Together the eight ukuleles and eight voices created pure genuine harmony that had my toe-tapping the entire concert. They involve the audience in their show encouraging them to sing along, which I have never seen in a fancy concert hall like Campbell hall. They played music from the 70s, music from today, and even common popular theme songs. They had a generous array of music that fit everyone’s taste and never have I seen before a standing ovation from the entire crowd. It was simply an amazing experience for me. The two women in the orchestra noted that there are not many women who play the ukulele these days and that she encourages women to pick up this divine instrument and dabble at it because we need more women ukulele players!
Music styles are continuously changing and developing and what was popular in, for example the 70s, is not as popular today. This is due to the changes in technology of music making it easier to appropriate different music styles to create something novel and innovative. Some of the most popular songs today are appropriated from songs in the 70s. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain played the song, “Freak Out,” a song that was extremely popular in the 70s. Although this song is not commonly heard on the radio today they recreated, and reinvented this song in a way to make it fit in with popular music and the crowd loved it because it made people who lived in the 70s nostalgic of music that was popular during that time. This is an example how even the most progressive music can be revitalized and fit in with popular music today.
I think it is really great that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain made an unpopular instrument popular. Not only are the brilliant and extremely talented they also display their humorous personalities in their performance, making funny jokes, sounds, and at one point they all played the same ukulele at the same time. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is an example of how popular music can be appropriated from older music to sound relevant and modern. Music is a revolutionary product and changing technology and societal structures contribute to the progressive aspect of music throughout time.
“The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence.”
This quote absolutely captures what Girls Rock SB! aims for; we aim to teach young girls how to develop confidence. Our mission is to boost self-esteem and teach young girls empowerment and we do this through music. We are so excited to kick-off our first Girls Rock SB summer camp program this year starting June 10th!