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At Textile Museum talk, professor highlights women’s music

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Crystel Sylvester

One professor wants to highlight women’s music at the Textile Museum.

Bonnie Morris, an adjunct women’s studies professor, led a seminar at the museum Wednesday where she discussed a history of women’s music and its important in women’s rights movements.

Her first step was donating an album called “Oregon Mountains” by musician Woody Simmons to the museum. Simmons was also present at the talk and Morris played one of her tracks for the audience.

To illustrate the issues the women’s music movement touched upon, Morris played other tapes by artists like 1940s jazz singers Trixie Smith and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, as well as modern singers like Faith Nolan.

She said that in the 1970s, the movement changed the women’s music scene at a time when women were only used in bands for their images and appearances.

“What pissed off feminists during the anti-war movement was that women were still being objectified,” Morris said.

She saod that every time period of women’s music has been integral in women’s history and that it has mainly been a subculture ignored by mainstream media.

Morris has written 11 books, with another called “The Disappearing L,” coming in August 2016. She teaches introduction to women’s studies and several other women’s studies classes at GW and Georgetown University.

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