Ahead of International Women's Day 2019, RTÉ will be hosting a panel event on Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Get your tickets here.
This year's theme is Balance for Better and RTÉ's Taragh Loughrey-Grant will be talking to a panel of guests including RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes, inspiring businesswoman Deborah Somorin, and fashion designer Brendan Courtney. Plus, music from Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson.
We caught up with the musician ahead of the event to discuss her thoughts on International Women's Day.
"I think it's important to have a day where we elevate women's voices," Sorcha told RTÉ LifeStyle.
"There's a lack of representation in the music industry. It's very male-dominated so it's important to have a day where we celebrate the work that women do and we bring important topics to light because nearly every other day of the year, it's not women that we're predominantly listening to."
It's been over a year since the viral anti-sexual harassment movement #MeToo rocked America's entertainment industry by shining a light on the systematic sexual abuse that was happening behind closed doors in the Hollywood hills.
The movement, which originated as a tweet by activist Tarana Burke, quickly grew legs and created a worldwide ripple effect that is, quite frankly, mind-boggling.
Not only have we seen high-profile figures accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood but, on a global level, important conversations on toxic masculinity, consent, and diversity have become commonplace.
We asked Sorcha if the wave of change has made its way to Irish shores.
"I think to a certain extent, yes. Maybe people are a little more conscious and they're not so oblivious to representation. For example, if there was a festival where every single act was male - a few years ago, no one would have even noticed whereas now people are starting to be a little more aware about the lack of balance."
"However, I also think that just because people are talking about it, doesn't mean that it's resolved. I think sometimes people think that if they've addressed the problem that they've fixed it but actually we have a very long way to go. I think we've only seen the tip of the iceberg."
Sorcha, who describes her music as "alternative indie rock" will perform a number of songs during RTÉ's panel event. This year's IWD theme is 'Balance for Better' and although the singer-songwriter says her songs won't necessarily be about feminism, they are naturally a good fit for the night that's in it.
"I have one song that is a love letter to Dublin but I wouldn't say they're particularly for the event. I'm a woman so everything I write is inherently from my perspective and lends itself to the theme."