Mic Check: Grrls Aloud!

{Santa Ana’s The Dig performing this weekend at Grrl Fair}

If not for the efforts of Adrienne Santellan, International Women’s Day would pass largely unnoticed in Orange County, as it does in much of the nation. For the past seven years, the award-winning youth organizer has marked the occasion with Grrl Fair, an all-day showcase of female talent in music, art, film and photography, with a healthy dose of feminist-themed workshops.

The day traces its roots back to March 8, 1908, when 15,000 female workers in the “needle trades,” marched through New York City’s Lower East Side, protesting against child labor and sweatshop conditions while demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. This dissent inspired International Women’s Day, which is officially recognized in several countries but not in the United States.

Read more about the music at this year’s Grrl Fair here:

http://www.ocweekly.com/2009-03-12/music/grrl-fair-santa-ana/

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