10. Women’s Music Today: Building on Legacies While Forging Ahead

The effects of American female artists of the past, many of which I have discussed in my previous articles, obviously culminate in the modern era. The actions of jazz singers, punk rockers, and swing bands directly affect the music of today, heavily influencing the female indie rock and pop scene prevalent in large cities and … More 10. Women’s Music Today: Building on Legacies While Forging Ahead

8. Material Girls

No other singular figure in women’s history has hardly been more influential or discussed as Madonna. Just the stage name, Madonna, carries such a heavy weight within the realm of history and women, how couldn’t the individual sporting it have ulterior motives outside the realm of pop culture? Madonna has forged a quintessential identity and … More 8. Material Girls

7. Female Vocalists of the Jazz Era

Jazz is the quintessential form of American music, a completely new genre generated from within and dispersed internationally. The unique origins of jazz music illuminate the contributions and musical voices of the rural South, particularly the voices of African American women. Jazz’s combination of European melodies, African rhythms, and slave songs gave rise to the … More 7. Female Vocalists of the Jazz Era

6. Female Body Image Ideals in the Music Industry

A running theme I am attempting to portray throughout the history of women’s involvement in American music is the power and potency of female images in the media. The polished perfection of women in music, often succumbing to men’s sexual preferences and desires, and later rejecting patriarchal ideals, portrays the shifting landscape of femininity sexuality, and gender … More 6. Female Body Image Ideals in the Music Industry

5. Riot Grrrl and the Feminist Punk Movement of the ’90s

As one of the last youth movements to exist before the advent of the internet, Riot Grrrl is an intriguing study of the power of connections between women and girls through the means of the written word, specifically Riot Grrrl zines of the early 1990’s. As discussed in my previous article, the punk movement of … More 5. Riot Grrrl and the Feminist Punk Movement of the ’90s

4. Early Punk Movement

The introduction into the punk movement directly coincides with the transition between the 1960s and the 1970s, with the counterculture movement directly facilitating the rise of punk rock. The elements that united the counterculture movement similarly play definitive roles in punk, specifically its overtly political stances, drug use and appreciation, and increasingly daring artistic decisions … More 4. Early Punk Movement