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The under-representation of women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the museum features beautiful guitars in front of a glass pyramid

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How is it that iconic female musicians like Cher, Nina Simone, and Stevie Nicks, among many more, have not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  On the 2016 list of nominations for the 2017 Rock Hall, there were only two female nominees, Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan. All of the inductees (the ones who actually got in) were male. Apparently only 37 bands with women, emphasis on the “with”, have been fortunate enough to grace the Hall. Only one woman has been inducted for her songwriting, Carole King, but the honor is shared with her ex-husband.

  While Joan Jett was the only woman inducted in 2015 with the Blackhearts (not as her own artist), her former all-girl band, The Runaways, have not been inducted. Although every Beatles member has been inducted separately, Stevie Nicks’ solo career separate from Fleetwood Mac has not been recognized.

  Many more women such as Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Mary Wells, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Joan Baez, and Queen Latifah, to name only a few, have yet to be inducted to the Hall. Although they have been eligible for years, some even decades, their contributions to the industry have yet to be recognized.

  Rock and Roll is about rebellion and attitude, attributes of which women are the models for. Although it is widely known that well-behaved women rarely make history, it appears rebellious women don’t either.

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