GEORGIA TAGLIETTI, EVERYDAY IS WOMEN’S DAY

Shesaid.so is an organisation that, since the year 2014, has been operating by helping women work inside the music field, a preeminent masculine industry that has always marginalised female professions into inferiority situations. Shesaid.so’s work, focused on building, is positive. And this is what Georgia Taglietti talks to us all about.

In the year 2014, Andreea Magdalina created shesaid.so as an organisation that would have its headquarters in Los Angeles and had a very clear objective: becoming a true neural network that would join women from the music world and would work on bettering the situation from inside the industry. Soon enough, shesaid.so became a meeting point for professionals from all fields, from the purely artistic standpoint to production, public relations, marketing, journalism, technology and any other are involved in the music scene.

Nowadays, shesaid.so is already a reputable international organisation with several branches, one of the most notable being the one in Barcelona, commanded by Georgia Taglietti. What’s interesting about this organisation’s case is that they’re putting a lot of effort in carrying out positive work which focuses on construction and not on destruction. They organise gatherings and activities, revitalising scenes, introducing professionals from different parts of the world to each other, moving ideas in the global sense.

They have faith that things will change, that the musical world will become a less inhospitable place for women. To talk about all this, there’s no better person than Georgia Taglietti from the shesaid.so branch in Barcelona.

There’s a manifesto where everything’s written out very clearly, but can I still ask you what the main objectives of shesaid.so are

When I entered the group, I was sure from the beginning that I wanted to share my experience in the music industry and my background with other women in this field. It was one of the best decisions of my life, as the ethical values of the organisation are quite similar to mine: defending inclusion, rejecting any kind of exclusion by race, class or gender. It’s about joining forces, sharing efforts or, as I normally say, it’s about the hand that helps you climb up a staircase, to break the glass ceiling, those barriers that prevent women from becoming creators, and not always executors, inside the music world. It’s very important to value the effort in managing this network of support, a network that will go with you every day of your career, and that provides you with confidence above all in pivotal decision-making moments, like changing jobs, an agreement crisis or a situation of abuse.

And how are you working to achieve these objectives?

We’re constantly creating debate situations, connecting people, organisations, increasing our action points, that now include more than 17 local branches. The 8th of March’s celebrations in our branches from all around the world are only some of the events and gatherings that we celebrate each month in different cities, that’s why Barcelona has decided to call it Everyday is Women’s Day. We’ve also created she.grows, a mentorship programme that was created in 2017, that in 2018 connected one hundred professionals in the United Kingdom, India and on a worldwide level. We’re always having conversations with businesses related to the sector to establish a fluid relationship with their HR departments to hire women.

It’s interesting that shesaid.so does not define itself as a feminist organisation per se, but instead it takes a chance on non-binary genders and it makes it very clear that men are also allies to the cause. It’s a very laudable thing, but doesn’t this complicate the discourse even more?

I don’t think so. It’s much simpler to understand that shesaid.so’s discourse is not discriminatory, because if it were it would make no sense. However, on this matter I sometimes disagree with Andreea, the founder, as she would like to include even more men, whilst I think that we still have ways to go as an exclusively feminine group at the members’ level. Certainly, we all know that it’s not the same thing to put two sexes in the same room, as what’s important is that both share identical values on a base-level.

Anyone can’t enter shesaid.so… What’s the careful selection process like and why is it so strict?

To avoid trolls, haters and people wanting to divert the discourse towards promotional self-gain, egocentrism. It can happen very often in groups that tackle sensitive subjects. Also, we want to maintain a discourse in the music field, and we focus on doing this well all throughout. It’s not about opening doors to everyone, at least in the online group, as we are a serious workgroup.

Aren’t you scared that that selection process can end up turning shesaid.so into an elitist organisation?

No. Organisations, just as businesses, have to be very clear with their final objectives and their internal capacities in order to achieve them, especially in a platform like ours that is non-profit. It is important to understand that the women who work every day in shesaid.so’s management or in the backstage, we do so because we believe in these principles, but we know that we have our own limits in terms of the paperwork aspect. For this reason, we are more selective.

Just yesterday in a conversation I was having with a girlfriend of mine she stated that in case she got pregnant, she would almost prefer to have a boy because they have it easier in life. And these are times to fight, but it’s a very tough fight. What do you think of these type of beliefs?

Well, she should come and see us on Women’s Day at Casa Bonay. She’ll see that there’s hope! Still, I don’t think it’s about boys or girls right now. Future opportunities will be less linked to gender, and more linked to work-related survival abilities in a society with huge technological advances. If it’s a girl, she will have adequate training in science and technology, which are the sectors in which the feminine presence is becoming more and more present and necessary.