How Double J is celebrating International Women's Day

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We're playing all women, all day. And it's going to sound awesome.

Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day, a day in which the world unites to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women to help accelerate gender parity.

At Double J that means it is Girls to the Front as we get to support this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange, with a day filled with women in music. Quite literally, we're playing all female artists, all day long.

On Lunch, we have Sydney-based alt-folk quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas chatting to Myf Warhurst about their debut record, When We Fall, which we’ve been featuring all week. They’ll also reveal which artists influenced their unique sound.


Straight afterward, Jacinta Parsons takes over to chat with songwriter, performer and music mentor Jen Cloher about the challenges women in the music industry face, as well as an exciting series of releases from her own label Milk Records.

The celebration continues as we hear our Feature Album in full from 3pm, courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas. It’s an album full of deeply emotional, but highly intelligent writing penned by an almost infuriatingly talented group.

Sarah Howells presents this week’s special edition of Fat Planet. She’ll be chatting to Malian-French singer, model and all-round legend, Inna Modja, as well as showcasing a range of amazing women who are visiting our shores for WOMADelaide.

And then at 10pm our Artist in Residence for March, Teeth & Tongue (aka Melbourne musician Jess Cornelius) presents an encore of her first show for the month, with a focus on her favourite female artists.

The day is also a chance to catch up on our Classic Album of the Week: Aretha Franklin’s I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. Caz Tran pays a little bit of respect to the Queen of Soul as we’re transported back to 1967.   And don’t miss her latest conversation on Don’t Look Back with American synth wizard Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

The party isn’t confined to Double J, with triple j being hosted by women from Breakfast to Midnight. Regular hosts Zan Rowe, Veronica Milsom, Gen Fricker and Linda Marigliano are joined by Sarah McVeigh on Hack and Bridget Hustwaite on Home & Hosed, plus special guests Alex Lee, Sally Coleman, Erica Mallet and Nikki Brumen.

All music on triple j Unearthed will be made by and programmed by women. Throughout the day you'll be hearing from seven important new voices in Aussie music: Boat Show, Miss Blanks, Moaning Lisa, Glitoris, The Football Club, Le Pie and Pagan. They're all women who are challenging the current state of things, in line with this year’s theme #BeBoldForChange.

There’s a stack more happening across the ABC which you can see on the hashtag #IWDABC.

We want to hear from you and how women in music have impacted your life, so let us know using the hashtag #GirlstotheFront on your social media platform of choice, and follow along with the action throughout the day.