Carrie Underwood is speaking out about women in country music. In a candid interview with Billboard, Carrie discussed her opinions on why women struggle to “make it” in country music. Carrie is one of only three female artists – along with Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert – to make Billboard’s Top 25 County Songs chart in both 2012 and 2013.
“You would think that we would be farther along in the thinking about women in country music,” she said. “I like to think things are getting better, but then I see stats like [the one cited above] and realize that women really do seem to get the short end.”
According to Carrie, there are plenty of women in the genre, therefore quantity isn’t a concern. “There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business,” she said. “But there seems to be only room for only a few.”
On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of new male singers as well and yet country music seems to have more than enough room for them, according to Carrie. “We see new male artists have their first single reach No. 1 on the charts, but it generally takes a female a lot longer to build momentum,” she said. “I know that I am an exception to this, but I [also] know that if I hadn’t made my place in country music via ‘American Idol,’ I probably could have tried to make it for the rest of my life and never made any progress.”
One of Carrie’s theories on why women have a harder time breaking into the music business is the subject matter of their songs. “I don’t think women can get away with the partying, beer-drinking, hung-over, truck-driving kind of music that a lot of the guys have gotten away with lately. It seems women are expected to be so much more than men, which means we have to work that much harder.”
“We’re the ones under the microscope,” she continued. “We’re expected to sound perfect. We’re expected to look perfect all the time. We’re expected to be style-setters, whereas the boys roll onto the stage in their jeans, T-shirts and baseball caps. I don’t know what we all can do to change this. But I do hope it does change. I would love to see more women making their mark in the music that I love so much . . . There are so many more out there just waiting for their shot. I hope they get it!”