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FEMALE musicians talked about the power of music and performed to a sell-out crowd during last week’s Women Say Something event at Sydney’s Slide Bar.

It was the 10th event put on by the group, and the first that focused on music.

Hosted by Kate Monroe, the event saw female musicians from a variety of genres be part of two different panel discussions that discussed the power of music from women’s points of view, and each performed a song. Panellists included DJ Sveta, Sally Whitwell, Carmen Smith, Shauna Jensen, Jackie Loeb, Zoe Badwi and more.

“The highlight of the night for me was the way everyone complimented each other. They we so diverse and different,” WSS founder Steph Sands said.

Sands added that the panelists’ stories and performances evoked laughter, tears and standing ovations from the crowd.

“It was testament to the people that were on the stage and their ability to tell real stories,” she said.

Sands added that each event they’ve held, since WSS was founded during the 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, focused on different issues and that it appealed to women of all identities – not just LGBTI women.

“What it has actually become is a voice, it’s a voice for women in all our communities, and it’s become a way for people to start affecting change in different areas,” Sands said.

The next Women Say Something event, Dancing on the Ceiling, will be held on February 28 at Sydney Town Hall. Tickets on sale from November 28 at




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