Chaka Khan and Idina Menzel have teamed up for a spirited remake of Khan’s debut 1978 solo single “I’m Every Woman” to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday (March 8).
The effort is part of humanitarian organization Care’s #IMEVERYWOMAN international Women’s Day campaign, which will celebrate the strength, resilience and leadership of women around the world throughout March.
The campaign, of course, takes its name from the iconic anthem, whose remake was produced by Grammy-winning songwriter Tena Clark. CARE also released a new music video for the song featuring cameos from activists, trailblazers, frontline heroes, artists, and incredible women from around the world who have benefited from CARE’s programs.
Among the women featured in the clip are activists Dolores Huerta and Ai-jen Poo, advocate Reshma Saujani, chef Stephanie Izard, business leaders Sheryl Sandberg and Tory Burch, actresses Bellamy Young, Alexandra Daddario, and Laverne Cox, and entrepreneur and CARE Global Advocate Iman.
“I am honored to lend my voice to celebrate and inspire women on this International Women’s Day. I hope our rendition of ‘I’m Every Woman’ sheds light on the incredible strength of empowered women — women who are changing the world by leading their communities,” said Khan in a statement. “We especially pay tribute to the female heroes who have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 this past year. I stand with CARE and the work they do across the globe to support women and girls everywhere. This International Women’s Day, help CARE and me spread the message that when women are healthy, educated, and thriving, we are all uplifted.”
Tony award-winner Menzel added, “I am so thrilled to be a part of this hopeful celebration of strength for International Women’s Day. Our version of ‘I’m Every Woman’ is a beautiful recognition of the power in every woman, especially the heroes on the frontlines who have been working tirelessly this past year to keep us safe and healthy. I know that when we support women, they are truly changemakers for their communities — 2020 proved that beyond a doubt. I hope that you will join me in supporting women and girls around the world and CARE’s efforts to uplift them as we work to create a better world for all.”
Care’s campaign will also include a weekly #IMEVERYWOMAN Virtual Conversation Series, with a speaker lineup featuring Mónica Bauer, Nicole Clifton, Laura Coates, Marley Dias, Ingrid Hoffmann, Dolores Huerta, Bianca Lawson, Paola Mendoza, Julie Plec, Asahi Pompey, April Reign, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and more. The conversations will stream Wednesdays during March, beginning March 10, at 3:00 p.m. ET; register to participate here.
“The #IMEVERYWOMAN Campaign illustrates the incredible capacity every woman has to affect change. especially during crises, which is a reflection of our mission and the work we do at CARE to ensure all women can forge their own paths and reach their true potential,” said Michelle Nunn, president & CEO of CARE.
The effort will ask participants to send a CARE Package to support women and girls around the world and aid in economic empowerment and fight gender-based violence.
“Partnering with so many extraordinary women, including Chaka and Idina, for this campaign is inspiring to me and I’m so excited we get to share that inspiration with the world,” Nunn added. “It’s been a hard year for so many and I hope this campaign serves as a joyful reminder that women have achieved extraordinary things and will continue to lead the way to build a better world where every woman is valued, heard, respected, and free.”
Watch the “I’m Every Woman” video below.