Today is International Women’s Day. Last week, I went to see the one-night showing of the Half the Sky documentary. Based on Nicholas Kristof’s and Sheryl WuDunn’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, the documentary focuses on three issues affecting women around the world: sex trafficking, maternal mortality and violence against women.

Unfortunately, it was a one-night only event, so I can’t encourage everyone to go see it. But the film did feature appearances by a few great musicians! I love it when artists use their influence to support good causes. It’s just like the Hope for Haiti Now Benefit concert I wrote about a while back. It is great to see that these artists are truly passionate — not only about their music but about doing good things with it.

Half the Sky features these artists:

Angelique Kidjo: Grammy-award winning, Africa’s premier diva

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India.Arie: original, beautiful, and I’ve always loved her sound.

Michael Franti: Awesome music, currently on tour with John Mayer.

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Diane Birch: A newbie singer-songwriter with a ton of talent.

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Click on the links or pictures to introduce yourself to some great music!