For the month of January 2016, we donated to WAM the Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco.
Throughout my life I have been concerned with women’s rights. I grew up with two sisters, a mother and an adopted grandfather. My grandfather was from the 1920s so he instilled in my what can only be thought of as chivalry, which at the core was just the protection and respect of of the fairer sex. Social influence is rough on boys who are not exposed to ideals in a nurturing way so I might have thought that the values I had were enough…
Later I fell in love numerous times with a very strong willed woman, who did and does identify herself as a feminist. She has been a constant inspiration to me, and part of that was her feminist beliefs that we often discuss together. We have a 10 year old son that I’ve been raising this whole time similar to how my grandfather raised me, with values of chivalry towards women, but then something happened. We had a daughter a year ago and everything changed. Something finally clicked in my brain that told me I’m not raising a boy to be a man, that I’m raising a boy to grow up and be a good person, because all of the values I’m instilling in him are values I want my daughter to have to.
Since then I’ve been getting more in touch with feminism and quite frankly the more I read about the unfair treatment of women, the more concerned I get. Because of this I’ve been searching for legit charities that help empower women through music and art (since Beatwarfare uses music and art to communicate our message). When I say legit, I mean a valid 501(c) and an ACTIVE organization. WAM, The Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco, is legit as well as active. In the field of music production and audio engineering, women are grossly underrepresented at a mere 5%. From their site “WAM seeks to change the face of sound by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet. WAM believes that women’s mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture.”
Props to WAM for fighting the good fight, hopefully we can help.