While Women in the Music Industry Have Further to Go, There’s Hope

Today marks National Women’s Equality Day.

It’s been a long road for women. The Suffrage movement had always been in motion, with women dedicated to fighting the restrictions placed on their rights and bodies. In 1869, however, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. With these fierce women spearheading the way and empowering women to stand up for their rights, the nineteenth amendment was passed in 1919 and ratified in 1920. (Only a century ago!)

In our current climate, being a woman can be empowering. Our mission at Girls Behind the Rock Show is to educate and empower women in the music industry. There have been many great strides, records set, and careers accomplished, and these are absolutely to be celebrated. But the music industry is still male-dominant. 

The “Inclusion in the Recording Studio” report, led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and relaxed in 2019, unearthed fascinating and disappointing statistics. Dr. Smith Researched the top 700 songs from Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart from 2012 to 2018.

The results were not shocking for women in the industry. Only 21.7 percent were female artists, 12.3 percent were female songwriters, and 2.1 percent were female producers.

The report also looked at the Grammys, where only 10.4 percent of nominees from 2013 to 2019 were women. Men, on the other hand, dominated the nominations in all categories.

While the report includes a few more disappointing statistics, it’s important to look at the positives. Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce are just a few female musicians finding themselves at the top of the charts, selling thousands of units, breaking YouTube records, and influencing entire generations of women to be their bad-ass selves.

And in recent news, Billie Eilish, at just 17, recently dethroned Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which sat comfortably at #1 for 19 weeks, with her hit “bad guy.” Now is the best time to be a woman in the industry. And it seems to be on an upward trajectory from here.

It is essential to remember the struggles women have faced since the beginning of time. But there’s nowhere to go but up – and that seems to be exactly where we are heading. After all: “the future is female.”