Whether we’d like to admit it or not, this is a man’s world. Many of our jobs, industries, and products are dominated by males.
Only 25 companies in the Fortune 500 are run by women, while the other half are run by men. The Pew Research Survey ‘found that 34% of its respondents believe that male executives are better than women at assuming risk.’ According to AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, ‘women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid; that’s a gap of 20 percent’!
There are 50.8% women and 49.2% men in this nation. And yet women continue to be placed on the backburner. The music industry especially places strict boundaries on its select female artists. It’s time society was exposed to more female rockstars!
When I looked up photos of rock stars, I saw one of two things. I either saw a long haired man belting a high note into the microphone or an elaborately dressed man in black surrounded by adoring female fans. Rock stars should not be limited to certain images; they should be open to a genderless gaze. We need more female rock stars not only to destroy this stereotype, but to empower others. Rockstar is a powerful term, and women are powerful beings.
There are so many talented female rock musicians out there that consistently remain unnoticed. Lead vocalist of Halestorm, Lzzy Hale is a powerhouse when it comes to singing and rocking out on stage. She and her other Halestorm band mates have gained a notable following over the years. She has the potential to sell out stadiums, and yet it has taken her much longer than that of her male counterparts to gain this notoriety. Not to mention, Brody Dalle’s transformative voice is perfect for a relaxing summer day or an intense workout.
The entertainment industry is a scary industry in itself. With so few recognized and respected women in it, it’s easy to understand why other women are not too eager to join. Like most other positions of power, female musicians are faced with sexualism, exploitation, unfair wages, and exclusion.
This is not just an issue of feminism, but rather of societal change. It’s a matter of being fair and educating and empowering society. When we are exposed to various things, it allows us to open our minds and leaves out less room for judgment and ignorance. Rockstars hold so much power and strength and its time we see more women in this role. Just like any other profession, the music industry is a unisex profession. With a greater adaptation of female rock stars, comes a greater opportunity for women to advance to major leadership roles. Let’s embrace the said equal rights that we are granted and open our mind to many possiblites.