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NEWS & IDEAS

Complete the History Books: Women in Music

Gloria Steinem once said, "We have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven't been a part of history."

During this Women's History Month, MAKERS will try to fill in some of those pages by highlighting stories from the past where women have been excluded.

In this round, we're looking at women in music - from classical to rock n' roll - who were whited-out of the history books or have faded from popular history. Did you know that Louis Armstrong's image and music was crafted with the help of his talented wife Lil Hardin? Did you know that one of the first musicians to play bebop on a harp was a woman? Her name was Dorothy Ashby. Did you know that Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie were taught and mentored by a musican named Mary Lou Williams?

Click through the gallery above to see a little bit of missing history.

Want to help complete the history book? Share the story of an unknown woman on Twitter using #thewholestory and tagging @MAKERSwomen