Girl Power! Epic Moments in Female Music History

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Throughout history music has played a large role in storytelling through cultural and thoughtful expression. Music has moved and evolved with history like an epic soundtrack to society as we know it. Some amazing feminist moments and female musicians have come to be thanks to the artistic expression that music allows. Women have continued to use music as an outlet to break through stereotypical expectations and barriers and have created amazing moments in music history in our own lifetime.

Ella Fitzgerald: From the Apollo to the Grammys, Winning Against Discrimination

Take Ella Fitzgerald for instance, the “First Lady of Song” arose from the ashes of her childhood and not only debuted at the age of Thirteen on the extremely unforgiving Apollo Theater stage, but went on to break records and become the first African-American woman to win a Grammy award. Fitzgerald not only made waves in the music industry with her amazing vocal capability, but she also won a lawsuit against an airline for removing her and her party from her flight for being African-American.

Pat Benatar: First Female Music Video on MTV

Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run” was the first female music video on MTV, and only one of the two in the whole top 10 first videos list, the second being The Pretender’s “Brass in Pocket”.

Notice neither female vocalist strips down, dances on anything or anyone, or even licks anything! Amazing, huh?

St. Vincent Channels Kurt Cobain

In more recent years, female musicians have stepped up their game in terms of groundbreaking music moments. Annie Clark of St. Vincent wowed the crowd with her jaw dropping performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of 2014. When Clark took the stage with Nirvana on lead vocals and guitar in Kurt Cobain’s stead she transformed the once solemn crowd into a head-banging mess Cobain would have been proud of.

Watch St. Vincent, Lorde, and Kim Gordon join forces and rock out to “All Apologies”.

Debbie Harry: Pioneer of New Wave

There are countless instances of strong female performances that inspire musicians, moments, and audiences.  With that said, last but not least I have to mention Debbie Harry of Blondie. The woman was, and still is, a force to be reckoned with. My idea of “girl power” is a strong individual with drive and passion and this woman has it all. Not only did the beauty create a rock band like nothing else in existence, but she pioneered an original genre of music: New Wave. Harry’s sex appeal was raw and obvious, but her talent and power exuded louder and has made her a living legend.

From Frozen’s double princess power to Destiny’s Child reunion at the Super Bowl, clearly females make music better.

There are far too many amazing female moments in music history to mention, but let us know your favorite! What comes to mind when you think of strong female music moments?  Let us know in the comments below!

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