Happy International Day of the Girl! It’s hard to believe that people are still having to fight for equal rights to education for girls around the world, equal legal rights, and the list goes on. It’s hard to believe that when you bring up industries that are male dominated, people still say “Maybe girls just aren’t interested in that field.” Girls today are being raised by parents who were raised by parents who believed that a woman’s place was in the home. Attitudes don’t flip like a light switch. We are all still affected.

Last night during jazz class, I hardly said a word. Observations: The girls got excited about arranging their own song, and I just sat back. One girl said, “Ooh what note is that? That sounds good.” They quickly figured out that it was a sharp nine and decided to make that chord a sharp nine. By the end of the hour they had decided on a road map and assigned someone to write a lead sheet before next week. A shouted “Let’s end on a five!” was voted down. They said “We’re going to have to stay ten extra minutes,” without consulting me. They decided to write some original tunes for a Sonoma Jazz Girlz album. I can’t tell you how many people have told me “Maybe girls just aren’t as interested in jazz.” It’s absolute nonsense.

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