The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


“Ladies First”: Women of Hip-Hop

Suggested Grade Level: 4-12

This class illustrates the complicated and changing roles of women in hip-hop.  From early pioneers, to the game-changing artists of hip-hop’s second wave, to today’s leading innovators, women have continually (and effectively) worked to have their voices heard in a genre too often dominated by men.   By exploring representative songs from artists such as Roxanne Shanté, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj, students will examine the undeniable, yet often overlooked, impact and influence of women in hip-hop – then and now.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partnered with PBS to interview women who rock about their approaches to their craft. Below are links to videos that feature different artists talking about songwriting and rock and roll.

Ann and Nancy Wilson
Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia Weil
Bonnie Raitt
Darlene Love

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Selected Song List

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Registering for this Class

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