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Cyndi Lauper. (True Colors Fund)
Cyndi Lauper. (True Colors Fund)


The Week in Women: Girls just wanna have fun, Swedish women just wanna rock out and principals just wanna pole dance

By Brigit Katz on September 7, 2018

We’re feeling kind of groovy, because this week’s newsletter is all about music. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

To mark the 35th anniversary of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper reflected on her iconic song in an interview with Yahoo News. The tune was originally recorded by a male artist, but Lauper turned it into an enduring feminist anthem. “The first time I heard it, I understood how I could sing from my point of view and make it a call to solidarity for women,” Lauper said. “The parts that were very masculine and didn’t pertain to what I wanted to say, I cut out … I really wanted every woman to hear that song and think about their power.” Thank you for that, Cyndi, and we also cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for that shaved head/prom dress/chain belt look you pioneered.

An inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan resolved on Thursday with a coroner concluding that the popular musician accidentally drowned in the bathtub of her London hotel room while intoxicated. According to coroner Shirley Radcliffe, O’Riordan had been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, but had been treated successfully and there was “no evidence” to show that the singer had committed suicide. “There was no intention,” said Radcliffe. “This seems to be solely a tragic accident.” O’Riordan’s powerful voice and searing lyrics had helped catapult the Cranberries to international renown. She is survived by her ex-husband and three children.

A kindergarten principal of a school in China has been fired after she opened the new year by performing a pole dancing routine in front of students and their families — ya know, as you do. A parent whose kids go to the school tweeted that the principal had hung up on his wife after she called to complain, saying only that pole dancing is “international and good exercise.” Look, we don’t condone doing that sort of thing in front of kids, but let’s give credit where credit is due: this lady has got some baller chutzpah.

The women-only Statement musical festival took place in Sweden, and it seems like it was really fun. The event was launched in response to reports of four rapes and 23 sexual assaults at last year’s Bravalla Festival, the largest music festival in Sweden. At Statement, everyone — from the audience, to the performers, to the technicians, to the security staff — was women-identified, with the goal of creating a safe space for those who were there.  In addition to the musical lineup, the event featured a bouncy castle for adults, giant pillows, and a seating area covered in pink carpet. We must tip our hat at any event that a) prioritizes women’s safety, and b) recognizes the importance of squishy spots to chill on.