Earth Day Celebration – Women In Music for April 17, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day with Women In Music!

On this coming week’s show we’ll hear singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

and a classic from 1970 with Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”… Native American trio Ulali, singing in their native tongue “Heart Beat Drum Song” and  singer/songwriter activist Buffy Sainte Marie from her 2009 release “Running for the Drum”…

Buffy Sainte Marie

Buffy Sainte Marie

world music from Madagascar with Razia and Jamaican-Canadian dub poet Lillian Allen with a classic freom her 1988 release, “Conditions Critical”… then we’ll finish up the hour wiht Susan Werner performing Marvin Gaye’s classic from  1971, “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)”

Susan Werner

Susan Werner

and a beautiful song from Scottish singer/songwriter Karen Matheson, called “The Song of the Sea”.

Karen Matheson

Karen Matheson

That’s all coming up on the next Women In Music.

Women In Music for April 10, 2018

On this coming week’s show we’ll hear emerging two singer/songwriters with a combined total of over 70 years in the music business: Claudia Schmidt and Rickie Lee Jones…

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

alternative roots with new music from Heather Maloney out of Northampton, MA, classic R&B from the late great Etta James performing Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues”

Etta James

Etta James

and new music from activist folk duo Emma’s Revolution… then we’ll finish up the hour with the latest from the band Dub Colossus, mixing world fusion from Ethiopia and the United Kingdom,

Dub Colossus,

Dub Colossus,

and Grammy-award winner from Benin Africa, now living in the United States, Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

Women In Music for April 3, 2018

On this coming week’s show we’ll hear new music from Sonya Kitchell out of NYC and from Toronto, Megan Bonnell… Scottish and English singer/songwriters
off a compilation called “Songs of Separation”, with Karine Polwart…


Karine Polwart.

and new music from Scottish band called
Roisin O, featuring Roisin O’Reilly, (daughter of noted
singer/songwriter Mary Black)…

Roisin O

Roisin O

then we’ll hear the latest from blues rock guitarist Danielia Cotton, performing
the cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme shelter”,

Danielia Cotton

Danielia Cotton

as well as a classic from Canadian pop singer/songwriter Feist off of her 2007 release with Sea Lion Woman. Then will finish up the hour with classic hits from 2005 with “Good Night and Go” from Imogen Heap and the latest out of Los Angeles with Molly Moore from her album “Shadow of the Sun”.

Women In Music for March 27, 2018

Coming up in the next hour, two Boston-area singer/songwriters Patty Larkin from her 1995 release “Stranger’s World”

Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin

and Lori McKenna from the 2004 release, “Bitter Town”…

Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna

new music from Americana/roots trio out of Pittsburgh, called The Early Mays, and a classic cover of “Landslide” written by Stevie Nicks performed by Dixie Chicks…new progressive sounds from Canadian singer/songwriter Frazey Ford

Frazey Ford

Frazey Ford

and Austin Texas singer/songwriter Erin Ivey and her band The Finest Kind… then we’ll end the show with ambient sounds with a classic cut from 1990, Heaven or Las Vegas with the Scottish band Cocteau Twins, and new music from Toronto duo, Electric Youth.

Women’s History Month Special – Women In Music for March 20, 2018

Women In Music with Laney Goodman continues to Celebrate Women’s History Month with women’s lives and women’s voices past and present. This coming week we’ll learn about the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize…

Wangari Maathai

the first Native American woman to become chief of the Cherokee Nation… and a labor leader,

Wilma Mankiller

writer and women’s rights activist in Puerto Rico at the start of the 20th Century. We’ll also hear the music of Joanne Shenandoah

Joanne Shenandoah

Walela, Lourdes Perez, Lila Downs, Hasu Patel, Susheela Raman, Miriam Makeba, and the women of Mombazo.

That’s all coming upon the next Women In Music as we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month.


Women From the Isles – Women In Music for March 13, 2018

Women In Music with Laney Goodman continues to Celebrate Women’s History Month with women’s lives and women’s voices, past and present.

Join us this coming week for another special celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with “Women from the Isles”. We’ll hear the music of Maura O’Connell,

Maura O’Connell

Eddi Reader,

Eddie Reader

Dolores Keane, Natalie MacMaster,

Natalie MacMaster

and the Scottish band Rise… we’ll learn about the first St. Patrick’s Day parade… why we kiss the Blarney Stone… and who came up with the St. Patrick’s Day pinch (if you’re not wearing any green). From the Emerald Isle to the rocky Scottish shores, from the wild racing seas off Cape Breton to the Highlands of America, that’s all coming upon the next Women In Music as we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month.

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 8th was International Women’s day and the month of March is Women’s History month.

There are plenty of well-known and celebrated women we have heard of, but there are plenty of others that have not received the recognition they deserve.

Read on for some of the most ground-breaking, revolutionary and fascinating women in history.

And tune into Women in Music with Laney Goodman for Women’s History Month specials.

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1. Ella Baker.

There are several big names that come to mind when you think about the civil rights era, but one woman — who was still very influential in her own right — is often left off of that list. Her name was Ella Baker, and she was an instrumental force behind civil rights, starting in 1938 when she began work at the NAACP as a secretary, all the way through to her death in 1986 at the age of 83. Along the way, Baker fought against Jim Crow laws, ran voter registration drives, and organized Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She tended to stay behind the scenes, and didn’t embrace the idea that one strong leader should be in charge of a social movement.

Her tireless dedication to social justice and human rights has led her to be considered one of the most influential women — if not people – in the 20th century fight for civil rights.

Image Credit: The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights via Wikimedia Commons. 


2. Delia Derbyshire.

Popular music today is dominated by electronic music and engineering. But, in 1962, most of the world hadn’t heard any electronic music at all. Then Delia Derbyshire came along. In 1962, Derbyshire recorded a score by Ron Grainer that would go on to be the original theme music for the BBC’s Doctor Who. As The BBC’s Andrew Harrison puts it, “[the Dr. Who theme song is] possibly the most important electronic music ever made… It is not too much to say that it triggered the modern era in popular music just as much as The Beatles did.”

And it’s that theme music that would essentially introduce the world to this game-changing music. She also composed and recorded other music, including with White Noise, one of the world’s earliest electronic bands.

3. Margaret Sanger.

Margaret Sanger is best known as the founder of Planned Parenthood. In 1916, she founded a birth control clinic in Brooklyn, a first-of-its-kind — and illegal — institution. Sanger tirelessly advocated for women’s access to birth control, and, along the way she was arrested several times. It wasn’t until a year before her death in 1966 that birth control would be legalized in the United States.Sanger’s quest for reproductive rights caused a great deal of controversy. Of course, even today, birth control is a much-debated topic. In her time, too, she aligned herself with eugenicists and espoused beliefs about race, ability and class that are generally considered taboo today. Her legacy, then, is not without its stains, but her groundbreaking reproductive rights advocacy still stands.


4. Hedy Lamarr.

Hedy Lamarr was once one of the biggest stars of the silver screen. Often billed as the most beautiful woman on the planet, Lamarr hailed from Austria, emigrating to the United States to launch a career in Hollywood. Her biggest contribution to culture, though, is much more pervasive than her films. In fact, you’re probably using it right now! During World War II, Lamarr and her friend and neighbor George Anthiel invented technology that would help scramble the radio messages used to control torpedoes; that would later be used to develop wi-fi, cellular technology  and bluetooth.


5. Madam C.J. Walker.

Madam C.J. Walker became the first self-made woman millionaire in the United States, no small feat for an African-American woman whose parents were slaves. Walker made her fortune by founding the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, which sold cosmetics and hair products aimed at black women. She is credited with inventing the hair straightening process still used by millions of black women today.

6. Ada Lovelace.

Ada Lovelace was a computer programmer well before computers had programs. The daughter of the poet Lord Byron and a British countess, Ada Lovelace’s translation of Italian engineer Luigi Menabrea’s work on an early computer known as the analytical engine is widely recognized as the first computer program. Though her work was completed in 1843, it took a century for the machine to actually be built. In her time, however, Ada Lovelace accurately predicted that computers could be used for much more than just the mathematics that had originally been built for.


7. Katharine Hepburn.

Unlike other women of Classic Hollywood, Katharine Hepburn didn’t embrace the actress-as-sex-symbol trope. Instead, she sought out challenging roles that broke ground for women in film and didn’t succumb to studio pressures. Her famously androgynous style is also credited with bringing women’s pants into the mainstream.


8. Nellie Bly.

To say that Nellie Bly broke ground for women — and men — in journalism would be a massive understatement. She pioneered investigative reporting, going undercover in an insane asylum, a woman’s jail, a factory, and a tenement, and posing as both a prospective baby-buyer and a potential lobbying client, just to name a few. She also attempted to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days — cutting that down to 72, and, during World War I, became the first female war correspondent in history. After years of celebrity, Bly became more and more involved in her husband’s manufacturing business and eventually took over after his death — becoming the most prominent female industrialist of the time.

International Women’s Day Special – for March 6, 2018

Celebrate International Women’s Day this week… and Women’s History with Women In Music with Laney Goodman all through the month of March.

This coming week we’ll celebrate the unique contributions of women past and present on this very special Women In Music. We’ll hear excerpts from speeches by great American suffragists like Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

and Elizabeth Cady Stanton…

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

music from Emma’s Revolution, Irina Rivkin, Sweet Honey in the Rock,

Sweet Honey In the Rock

Holly Near, and Cosy Sheridan.

Women In Music for February 27, 2018

On this coming week’s show we’ll hear new music from alternative/folk singer/songwriter Alison May from Oakland, CA, and Canadian duo Dala…


roots with a touch of blues with new music from Chastity Brown from Minneapolis, MN and a sister duo act out of New Orleans called Rising Appalachia… the neo-soul of Nigerian-German singer/songwriter Nneka and the woman who started the neo-soul movement right here in the States, MeShell N’degeocello…

Me’shell N’degeocello

then we’ll finish up the hour with the stunningly beautiful vocals of Lisbeth Scott from the West Coast

Lisbeth Scott

and Tibetan singer/songwriter Yungchen Lhamo

Yungchen Lhamo

That’s all coming up on the next Women In Music.

Black History Month Special – February 20, 2018

Celebrate Black History Month with this coming week’s Women In Music with Laney Goodman, featuring alternative folk with Cassandra Wilson,

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson

multicultural rhythms of Laura Love,


progressive pop with a touch of dub from Grammy Award winning songwriter Sharon Robinson, retro soul with Macy Gray

Macy Gray

Macy Gray

and the Brand New Heavies… then we’ll finish up the hour with the world beat of Haitian New Yorker Manze Dayila and the Nago Nation, and West African Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo.


Angelique Kidjo

So, tune in this coming week for a Black History Month Special as we honor the lives and music of women of color around the world on Women In Music with Laney Goodman.