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By Megan Westberg

New York’s classical-music radio station, WQXR, discovered something surprising: In all its music library, only 4.4% of the works were written by female composers. And so today, International Women’s Day, the organization is kicking off a new year-long initiative to measurably increase the number of works written by women in its database, and to play them on-air. The launch party is a 24-hour marathon of music composed only by women—more than 100 pieces by 60 composers, including Florence Price and Louise Farrenc.


New Yorkers can find WQXR at 105.9 FM; the station is live-streamed at wqxr.org.