Celebrating Women

Ivy Roots empowers women through song

By Christian Hunick
On March 8, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
Ivy Roots sings a cover of "Electric Lady" by Janelle Monáe. Roots also sang original songs at the Women’s History Month event.

Multicultural & Student Activities Programs at ASU hosted a celebration of Women’s History Month on March 3 with singer/songwriter Ivy Roots as the featured guest.

Women’s History Month has its origins as a national celebration in 1981 and pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society, according to Multicultural Affairs.

"The purpose of the celebration was to highlight and appreciate ASU women," student assistant Lizette Guerrero said.

The event started at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center lobby, beginning with poetry readings from volunteers. Guerrero performed a poem that fit the theme of the night, titled "Nine Things I Would Like to Tell Every Teenage Girl" by Melissa Newman-Evans.

After poetry readings, attendees helped themselves to the refreshments including cranberry mocktails, finger sandwiches, cookies and brownies.

Before Roots arrived, students made their own pin-on buttons with designs like the iconic "We Can Do It" poster and quotes dedicated to the empowerment of women.

Roots began her performance around 6 p.m. with an original song titled "Fallin’ Hard."

"I love to inspire people with my music," Roots said.

Roots followed up with a cover of "Electric Lady" by Janelle Monáe, an artist who she said influenced her style.

The rest of the night, Roots played a mix of covers and original songs, even improvising one based on three random words given by the audience.

Alumnus Shureka Brown listened to Roots perform at the Women’s History Month celebration. Prior to the event, Brown had never heard any of Roots’ songs.

"I came because I wanted to see what she [Roots] was all about," Brown said. "I especially loved her covers of Lauryn Hill’s ‘That Thing’ and Jazmine Sullivan’s ‘Need U Bad.’"

In addition to enjoying a night of music, Brown said she took away a message about women from the event.

"I learned that women are strong and powerful," Brown said. "Whatever profession or career we choose, if we go into it whole-heartedly and with determination and passion, then we can achieve anything."

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