My piano studio is raising money to donate to a local organization called S.T.A.R. or Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response. It’s this great organization that provides no cost counseling, support, and legal aid to survivors of sexual violence and also raises awareness of the unique challenges and issues facing survivors.
I decided to do this after realizing that on March 8, 2017, when the feminists and allies of this country are organizing a strike called A Day Without A Woman, which is officially described as:
On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.
Putting aside whatever issues there may be with the planned strike (only accessible to privileged, etc), I thought about it and realized it was impractical for me to refuse to teach lessons on Wednesday because all but one of my students that day are women! Rather than punishing a bunch of women for women’s rights, I decided instead to fundraise for an organization devoted to women’s issues. Thus, I chose S.T.A.R.
To incentivize donations, I’m offering free or discounted piano lessons to donors at certain levels.
I realize that I’m in a traditionally gendered career (teacher of music), but I want to show that even those who do work not considered exceptionally valuable by society can make an economic impact through her actions. Ladies, we have more tools available to us than we may think, so, to quote Queen Bey, “get in formation.”
To donate, follow this link.
To learn more about S.T.A.R., please follow this link.
To contact me about starting a similar campaign or give your thoughts, follow this link or fill out this form: