Celebrate Women’s History Month: FLETCHER
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
The importance of women is like every month in my world, but Women’s History Month is incredibly meaningful as it is a celebration of women’s contributions to society, culture, and history. It just gives us an extra reason to shed light on the badass ladies who came before us and paved the way for us today.
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HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE THIS MONTH?
Over the last year, I’ve learned the importance of being a good listener and learning. I think it’s important for us to know where we came from and look at the history of women’s rights and be aware of the issues that women still face today. I’ll be supporting women-owned businesses this month.
I will also keep unapologetically being myself, being proud of who I am, and kissing girls ‘cause they’re beautiful.
HOW WILL THIS MONTH INFORM AND DICTATE THE REST OF YOUR YEAR?
The conversations that happen this month around issues like sexism, racism, economic equality, access to equal opportunity, and misogyny are conversations and topics we should be discussing all year. [We should be] raising awareness and highlighting stories and struggles within the LGBTQ+ community, specifically for Black trans women who are the most marginalized within the community. [We should be] discussing reproductive rights and having autonomy over our own bodies and bringing the stories of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors to the forefront. The list is endless and March isn’t the only month we can shed light on these things.
WHICH FEMALE ARTISTS FROM THE PAST OR PRESENT INSPIRE YOU AND WHY?
I’ve always been inspired by women who push the boundaries and have never let society or a system define them —artists like Madonna, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. These women, and so many others, have defied the pre-existing construct of what it means to be “ladylike,” in the words of my talented friend Ingrid Andress, and have just entirely flipped femininity and womanhood on its head. We are whoever we want to be, whenever we want to be it.
What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
Unapologetic agency over my own voice and body is something I proudly express through all that I do as an artist. With the privilege of a platform to promote sex positivity and power, I’ve felt it my duty to be an outspoken activist in solidarity with all survivors. With "I Believe You," I was able to say I hear you, I see you, I believe you. Visibility and feeling seen is empowering. Representation is empowering. Lifting up other women is empowering. In addition to “I Believe You,” I was most honored to be part of Emerald Fennell's film Promising Young Woman which is up for a ton of awards right now. I wrote the end-title track “Last Laugh” to embody the energy of Carey Mulligan's incredibly strong and dynamic character. It's one of the most empowering songs I've ever written and I hope it makes womxn feel like bad asses because they are.