This week, a new song from Dolly Parton hit the digital airwaves that’s a head boppin’, toe tappin’ historical anthem centered on women’s fight for the legal right to vote. The multi award-winning entertainer and legendary singer, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, created her “19th Amendment” for a just released entertainment-meets-education album “inspired by the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”
One of thirty-five original songs featured on “27: The Most Perfect Album”, a new release from the producers of the acclaimed More Perfect podcast, Dolly’s “19th Amendment” opens with her talking listeners through historical context for the decades-long women’s suffrage movement. She closes her recap by noting, “but women have been fightin’ for their rights since the very beginning of time,” and then busts into song like only Dolly can…
“First they said we couldn’t dance then said we couldn’t drink. And unless a man allowed it, they said we couldn’t think. They said we shouldn’t speak ’til we were spoken to. Well there was just so much back then we weren’t allowed to do…”
The accompanying music video for Dolly’s “19th Amendment” was illustrated by Maya Edelman, offering a totally immersive and thoroughly engaging experience that brings back memories of Essra Mohawk’s Sufferin’ ‘Til Suffrage (circa 1976) for us. So it makes perfect sense that the producer of “27: The Most Perfect Album” describes the playlist of American democracy-based, lesson-packed songs this new musical compilation includes as “a kind of ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ for the 21st Century”.
After a more than 70 year fight for women’s suffrage, the 19th Amendment was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920, granting women the right to vote. It signaled a milestone, yet flawed, victory that fueled the continued fight for full equality for all women in America.
In addition to Dolly Parton’s contribution, “27: The Most Perfect Album” includes original songs and stories from some of the best musicians and artists in the world. It dropped this week on September 18th in conjunction with the launch of the 3rd season of the More Perfect podcast. Both are said to offer a deep-dive “into the history and resonance of the constitutional amendments with off-beat stories and lush sound.”