Music has the capacity to do more than just entertain. It can break barriers, challenge social constructs and deliver important messages to society. The strides that women have made in the fight for equality; political, social or otherwise can be seen in music throughout multiple generations and genres. For my final project I'd like to look at women's participation and impact in music.
I'd like to compile a chronologically accurate playlist of important women in popular music. Budget and time permitting, my hope is to be able to make physical mix cd's for the whole class, complete with booklets that have information on the artist and her relevance in the feminist movement.
Picking which artists to focus on will be my greatest struggle because there are so many talented, important ladies to choose from. All though they will be included, I don't want to focus only on those who have active feminist voices (Kathleen Hannah, Courtney Love, etc.) Even if certain artists haven't been vocal about feminism, their presence alone is in many ways important to the movement. Most, if not all genres of music started out as boys clubs, and women breaking the musical glass ceiling and prospering in those genres is empowering in itself.
A few artists I plan on using:
(Many, many more.)
I hope to be able to entertain and educate!