Women tend to have a hard time of it in artistic industries. Especially female musicians. You might raise your eyebrows at this. There are plenty of female pop stars out there, right? But when you look at the number of female musicians compared to men, there aren’t all that many receiving much attention outside of the pop charts.
It seems to be that women are only praised within the music industry when they fit a certain bubblegum teen queen mold. That’s not to knock the chart queens: they’re doing a great job. But it seems like now more than ever, we need to lend our full support to all female artists. Here’s why.
In the past, many female artists have shied away from the term “feminism.” Madonna rejects the term in favor of being “humanist,” Ke$ha only admits to being feminist in some ways and Kelly Clarkson has spurned the term outright. By the way, Kelly Clarkson did a great cove of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
But recently, women are being more open about embracing the label. After all, feminism just means equality of the sexes. What’s not to like there?! Music is a great platform for spreading the message of equality. Take Beyonce’s recent efforts.
Her track “Flawless” features prominent feminist speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, allowing her message to reach millions of fans across the world. Many of us can repeat what is essentially a feminist manifesto by heart due to its incorporation into popular culture.
Bands such as Pussy Riot have also used music as a way to highlight inequality and promote a reconsideration of gender roles in society. Their guerrilla-style performances may have landed members in jail, but they brought light to some serious issues for women in modern-day society.
When you support talented female artists, you promote their success and expose their works and ideals to a wider audience. This helps to dispel the myth that there aren’t many great women artists out there.
The most famous musicians in popular culture tend to be male: Elton John, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, The Who. They’re all comprised of men. So let’s get some more females up there.
Artists such as Bjork, Kate Bush, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston have created some of the most brilliant pieces of music known to man. But there are smaller artists out there who are just as capable.
It’s time they’re boosted to receive the fame and recognition that they deserve too. So head to a Ticket Merchant and get a ticket for your favorite woman artist’s next show. Stand in the crowd in front of them and help to raise their profile. Purchase their albums and make a demand for what they’re creating. Support is everything.
Try It Out Yourself
Many women are hesitant to pick up an instrument and create music themselves. Thousands of teen boys are given guitars and drumkits for their birthdays, but not so many teen girls. Throw assumptions to the side. If you are female and interested in creating music, you have just as much right to pick up an instrument as anyone else.
Top photo: Beyonce performs in Central Park, NYC, as part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series (2011). Photo via Wikimedia Commons.