We all know girls rock. That is, except the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Despite so many girls and women being kick ass musicians, we’re still so underrepresented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that it’s pretty ridiculous. Think about it: Out of all the 11 new artists being inducted this year, only one–the late Laura Nyro–is a woman. Wanna get even more peeved? Out of the 296 inductees in the hall’s history, only 40 have been female or had female members. That’s a little ridic, isn’t it?
It’s especially mind boggling when you consider the omissions that the Hall has made so far: Joan Jett, who has been a consistent face on the rock and roll scene pretty much forever (well, at least since 1975), has yet to be inducted. She’s still touring today, headlining Warped Tour and sharing stages with the Foo Fighters, proving that girls rock harder and longer than a lot of the guys. In addition, the movie The Runaways made Joan Jett extra relevant, even to those who may not be rock aficionados, when Twilight megastar Kristen Stewart played her. What is the problem here, people?!
The adorbs Cyndi Lauper, who still tours, performs, and acts as an activist today more than proved girls rock–and just wanna have fun–and has yet to be inducted. Pat Benatar, who came up around the same time as prior inductees Blondie, is proof that girls rock and have a heart at the same time (hello, “Love is a Battlefield”!) and has yet to be let in.
Additionally, there is a special display for women at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, because they know girls rock. But this is part of the problem: Why are women separate from the dudes? We’re just as kick ass as they are, so we should be able to stand next to our male counterparts, not in a separate wing. It’s a subtle, and perhaps unintentional, way of saying women aren’t equal to men by placing us in a separate section of the hall–and it also increases the chance that women may be passed by when people visit if they’re not placed in the main hall with everyone else.
Based on the numbers alone, there appears to be some institutionalized sexism at play in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since it started, and some awesome gals want that to end. You can sign their petition here–showing that girls rock not only arenas, but also their right to be heard.
We hope this policy gets straightened out by the time a lot of our favorite current women in music become eligible: We’re looking at you, Beyonce, Pink, Avril, and Gwen! Girls rock, and they deserved to be honored for it just as much as the boys do.
Do you think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sexist? Who is your favorite female musician? What do you think is the best way to let the world know that girls rock? Tell us in the comments!