Women’s History Month began as a Women’s History Week in the US in 1978, to mark the societal contributions and achievements of women. Since then, the week has grown into an awareness month and International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th.

This post will outline the ways in which we’re marking Women’s History Month in 2024…


To mark Women’s History Month in March we’re shining a spotlight on five brilliant females working in the fields of music education and/or composing. These women are passionate about their work and vision, and we hope that you’re inspired by their stories and aspirations. Check our blog page on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 26th March to find out who our featured musicians are!

Listening Calendar

Our Women’s History Month Listening Calendar, with 31 days of inspiring music by female composers, has been warmly received over the past couple of years and you can download your FREE copy here.

At I Can Compose we are passionate about getting students listening to a variety of musical genres and styles from a diverse range of composers.  We believe it is important that all young people have strong role models to aspire to and be inspired by, and are committed to creating resources which represent both mainstream composers and those in minority groups.

Through creating this Women’s History Month Listening Calendar our hope is that students and teachers will discover new composers and their music and be inspired to explore them further.  Many of these musicians were and are trailblazers, following their passion despite facing discrimination and significant setbacks.  In this resource you will find composers from different eras – from the 12th century through to present day; women writing music in different styles; composers of different nationalities, composers of colour, LGBTQ+ and disabled musicians.

FREE A4 Women’s History Month Listening Calendar

To celebrate Women’s History Month we have created a free A4 listening calendar showcasing 32 inspirational female composers (the Boulanger sisters share a day!) complete with a Spotify playlist, accessible by QR code or weblink.  The original artwork and calendar design is by our graphic designer, Toby Potter.

Women’s History Month Listening Calendar – A2 colour poster to order

As well as the free A4 calendar download, an A2 full colour poster is available to order (UK only) – ideal for your classroom wall, music corridor or staff room:

Women’s History Month Listening Calendar – A2 colour poster

Further music resources

If you’re looking to include more female composers in your classroom listening our student listening packs are a great starting point.  Below is a list of our resources with details of the female composers included:

Follow the action!

We hope that you and your students will enjoy using the Women’s History Month Listening Calendar.  Do follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn if you don’t already and we’d love to hear your experience of how you’re using this resource:  have you discovered a new composer or work?  Did you feel prompted to find out more about a particular musician?  Are there opportunities to include more of these composers in your classroom listening activities?

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