Exploring different ends of the creative market, third year Sound Design student Zoë Anderson introduces two London-based collectives that are providing safe spaces for women of all backgrounds to express their creativity.
Girl Gang and gal-dem are two very different entities; the former provides a space for female rappers, freestylers and singers to be creative as part of a supportive all-female network. The latter focuses on journalism and live events; providing women of colour with a voice online to talk about issues that matter to them and to their communities.
Though their goals and methods are different, these two groups share one important thing in common; they create a safe space for women to be creative, outspoken and heard.
Even though ‘My Mic Sounds Nice’ is a world apart from our two collectives, it raises some of the questions that both gal-dem and Girl Gang tackle in their mere presence as all female collectives; subverting and thoroughly questioning embedded structures of oppression. With this in mind, we can examine why Girl Gang and gal-dem are challenging some of these undercurrents of thought, and why it’s so important for groups like them to exist.