Sunday, March 8 marked International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements throughout history. Many celebrities participated via social media campaigns using hashtags #WomensDay, #NotThere and #InternationalWomensDay. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re spotlighting some of the most powerful, inspirational and talented ladies of country music.
Maybelle Carter – Best known as a member of the Carter Family and mother of June Carter Cash, Carter paved the way for female musicians. She became famous for her unique guitar playing called “scratch” style. Carter and her family popularized Appalachian folk music.
Kitty Wells – Nicknamed the Queen of Country Music, Wells gained popularity after her hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” topped country charts. In 1991, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Patsy Cline – In 1957, Cline’s hit “Walkin’ After Midnight” made her the first crossover pop-country artist. She was the first woman in country music to headline her own show and perform at Carnegie Hall. Like Taylor Swift, Cline also believed in encouraging and supporting her group of girl friends, such as Loretta Lynn, Dottie West and Barbara Mandrell.