Women Who Rock: Resources

If you are a fan, teacher, student or scholar, these pages can help you learn more about the artists featured in our groundbreaking exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.

Read, Listen, Look, Watch, Learn

See below to read more about each musician, to listen to their music, look at photographs and artifacts, watch historic film clips and find out how you can learn about them and their eras.

Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas : The Foremothers / Roots of Rock

Bessie Smith * Billie Holiday * Ma Rainey * Mahalia Jackson * Mother Maybelle Carter * Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Get Outta that Kitchen, Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Rock and Roll Emerges

Brenda Lee * LaVern Baker * Ruth Brown * Wanda Jackson

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Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Early 1960s / Girl Groups

Carole King * Cynthia Weil * Ellie Greenwich * Lesley Gore * Goldie & the Gingerbreads * The Ronnettes * The Shangri-las * The Shirelles * The Supremes * Darlene Love

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Revolution, the Counterculture and the Pill: The Late 1960s

Aretha Franklin * Bonnie Raitt * Grace Slick * Janis Joplin * Joni Mitchell * Laura Nyro * Loretta Lynn * Mavis Staples * Mama Cass Elliot * Michelle Phillips * Odetta * Tina Turner

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I Will Survive: The 1970s – Rockers to Disco Divas


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Dance this Mess Around: Punk and Post Punk


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Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion


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Ladies First: The ‘90s and the New Millennium


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