Powered by Women: A Charity Compilation


originally published: 03.12.2022

Driven by women is a music compilation raising funds for two women-focused charities: 1) Nomi Network, which creates avenues to fight human trafficking and equips women and girls with economic tools, and 2) the Center for Reproductive Rights, which serves the global court to protect and promote women’s reproductive rights.

The compilation, organized and curated by New Jersey native Sara Abdelbarry, who directs the Teen Idle project, features female artists covering a song by another woman or an artist of their choice that identifies a woman.

The compilation was released on December 2nd, 2022 and is available on Bandcamp. Cassettes are also available for sale and can be pre-ordered at the Bandcamp page.

The challenge in curating the compilation, and also the most valuable part, was to create a work that contains only contributions from women. Sara found that it soon became difficult to find more than a handful of female music projects in her area and had to look beyond central NJ’s borders to create a full-fledged compilation. This difficulty also speaks to what the compilation seeks to promote: a musical space for women, created and directed by women.

The compilation includes female bands and music projects from across the US (many from the tri-state area) and one from Australia. While Sara originally started the project during Women’s History Month and then wanted to publish it, life got hectic. To make the compilation as good as possible, the release date has been pushed back by months and months.

It is a compilation made for many women at a volatile time, including what has happened around the world as women have been targeted by oppressive regimes, in the US Supreme Court on women’s reproductive rights, and in other legislatures aimed at taking action against women and other minorities.

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By raising money for the Nomi Network and the Center for Reproductive Rights, Fueled by Women hopes to help the small fraction of the indie music community improve some of the issues above.

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