What it Means to Be in a GrrlBand

girls-to-the-front-the-true-story-of-the-riot-grrrl-revolution-harper-collins2Of the industries that are less than girl-friendly, the music industry is pretty high on the list. Even music writing and reporting is still a bit of a “boys club,” while not as strikingly as it used to be. Women writers and musicians receive greater numbers of negative sexual attention and dismissive comments about their knowledge and talent than men in those same fields.

Women musicians tend to be talked about differently than men, too. We talk about Nikki Minaj’s butt and Lana Del Ray’s sexuality, but Dave Grohl’s ability to produce successful and interesting music even after nearly 30 years as a musician. See the problem?

Historically though, women have changed the music industry in so many ways. Women today are writing, producing, and releasing albums on their own. They are pushing into genres traditionally made up of men. Even the current punk revival is recognizing women-led bands more than ever before (which is something I really could’ve benefited from at 15) They’re starting labels, running venues, and doing whatever the heck else they want.

These women, like the women before them, are the inspiration for future generations of musicians, music critics, venue engineers, producers, and tour managers—who just so happen to be women.