Celebrate Women’s History with Music

The Rise of the Girl Band

March is Women’s History Month. The phrase calls to mind Rosie the Riveter, suffragettes, and other figures of the past, but in reality equal rights is still an issue today. Whether it is the pay gap, the media, or Hilary’s pant suits, women face discrimination in a variety of areas. The music industry is not excluded from this. A recent article in Vice decried the under-representation of women at music festivals, including Coachella, Download, and Slam Dunk. Particularly in the alt-rock scene, women are “side-lined, dismissed, and fetishized.”

The truth is, there are many talented female artists in the music industry – too many to name! To recognize this we are highlighting female-fronted bands and artists during the month of March.


Shrines, Purity Ring [M1630.18.P98 S57]

Artpop, Lady Gaga [M1630.18.L233 A78]

Ritual in Repeat, Tennis [M1630.18.T4425 R58]

Heartthrob, Tegan & Sara [M1630.18.T44 H42]

No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney [M1630.18.S61 N6]

Days are Gone, Haim [M1630.18.H153 D29]

The Haunted Man, Bat for Lashes [M1630.18.B33 H28]

The Bones of What You Believe, Chvrches, [M1630.18.C55 B65]

Versions, Zola Jesus,  [M1630.18.Z645 V47]