A couple of years ago I heard BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey recalling his initial proposals for an all-women composers all-day IWD broadcast, something we’ve begun to take for granted after just a few years of operation. People were not at first encouraging. Executives on other international music stations said to him “yes, a whole day of women composers, it’s a nice idea, we tried it, but there just isn’t enough music”. This year, when R3 producer David Gallagher invited me to help him plan the afternoon IWD slot, we often quoted this remark to each other satirically. The problem being that our shared women composer ‘shortlist’ would have taken three months to play, rather than the available three hours.