In the midst of a crowded chorus of male voices dominating the music industry, this year’s MusicMAKERS are demanding their voices be heard. Bold and unapologetic, these kickass female artists are taking center stage to fight for gender equality and empowering fans to find their own voice.
- When I'm on stage, and when I'm writing my music, I feel like that allows me to be completely free and be the person that I feel like being.
- As a woman, as a person of color, as a daughter of Mexican immigrants, I think that through music and through sound, it's helped me to really embrace my culture.
- Being a black woman who likes rock and roll and playing guitar, it goes against what the cliche is to play rock.
- I have my own perspective of being a Brazilian woman. And then like, I bring my music and my speech, and the things I believe. I think it's a way of connecting us, you know.
- When you have the music as a tool, you can go straight to the soul of the people all over the world.
- Women are entitled to be everything they want to be. There's no hierarchy when it comes to gender.
- Women are creators and leaders.
- This is what it means to be a feminist. You're looking at it.
- Try to really be in touch with what you want and what you think.
- It's really hard, but it's really worth it.
- We each have a unique perspective, and that we're only stronger for it.
- Not only as musicians, but also as human beings expressing ourselves in different ways.
- The brick and mortar of music is the connections that we make either with people who we identify with or people who we don't identify with. And I think it just makes us all more compassionate.
- For every woman that makes music and shows other women that they don't have to fit inside of any kind of box, the more beautiful and inclusive the world becomes.
- That is my voice, and no one else can define that.