1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Supremes

Celebrating Women's History Month

Honoring #WomenWhoRock, we are hosting a series of Women’s History Month events and programs, as well as spotlighting artifacts, exhibits, playlists and more, all celebrating the achievements of some of music’s most notable female musicians. 


The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominee ballot also features incredible trailblazers, including Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Cyndi Lauper, Gillian Gilbert from New Order, and Meg White of The White Stripes. Fans can cast their votes in the official Fan Vote now through April 28th at rockhall.com. 

Women Who Roar

Upcoming Events

While we honor women's contributions year round, we have put together some special events this month to celebrate the past, present and future of women in rock and roll.

Stay tuned, we have some incredible events in the works for Women's History Month.  Be sure to check back soon!

On Exhibit

Throughout our Museum we have extensive exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of women and Rock and Roll, past present and future.   Here are a few current exhibit spotlights, as well as some new things coming this month.

New in March

  • Inductee Patti Scialfa’s 1987 Takamine acoustic guitar, played during the Tunnel of Love tour.  Legends of Rock (Main Exhibit Hall, Level 0). 

  • Items from Inductee Wanda Jackson, such as her 1950 Martin acoustic guitar, a stage-worn dress that she designed herself, as well as other artifacts from her career.   Pioneers Gallery (Main Exhibit Hall, Level 0). 

  • Stage outfit, an electric fiddle and handwritten lyric manuscript from Amanda Shires.    Right Here, Right Now (Main Exhibit Hall, Level 0). 

  • Soak Up the Sun: The Music of Sheryl Crow,  feature several handwritten lyric manuscripts, iconic stage- and video-worn clothing, as well as other artifacts from her career.   Right Here, Right Now (Main Exhibit Hall, Level 0). 

  • Chaka Khan; five exemplary outfits from her acclaimed 5-decade career.   Legends of Rock (Main Exhibit Hall, Level 0). 



Spotlight Artifacts

Yola Virtual Interview

Explore the Vault

Dive into our Women Who Rock collection, available for free on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's YouTube channel.

Featuring  Carly Simon, Pat Benatar, Michelle Phillips, Brittney Spencer, Joan Baez, Lita Ford and more. 

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Sounds of Women's History Month

Listen, download and follow the Rock Hall’s latest playlists on Spotify featuring the most influential #WomenWhoRock from the 50s through today. Click the graphics below to check out each playlist.

Women played a central role in the development of the rock-and-roll genre, beginning with early blues artists, like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and gospel artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Spirited rhythm-and-blues singers – such as Ruth BrownLaVern Baker, and rockabilly star Wanda Jackson added their creative talents to popular music through its explosive growth in the ‘50s. Girl groups, like the Shirelles and Supremes, and Rock Hall’s first female Inductee Aretha Franklin dominated the charts in the ‘60s while Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell carried the torch into the ‘70s. Artists such as Joan Jett, Ann Wilson, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, The Go-Go’s, Patti Smith, and Stevie Nicks paved the way for women in the ‘80s and ‘90s with their music and style. And, blazing through the 21st century includes the incredible voices of St. Vincent, Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and new generations of trailblazers who were influenced by those before them.


Women Who Rock General     Women Who Rock 50's & 60's      Women Who Rock 70's      

Women Who Rock 80s     Women Who Rock 90's      Women Who Rock 00's    

                                      Women Who Rock 10's      2020s



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Rock Hall Edu

Rock Hall Edu is a free digital learning platform, designed for educators and parents, and is full of resources and activities that use the power of rock & roll to engage students of all ages. Access our featured collections below. 

Rock and Roll and Women's Rights

Women artists have harnessed the power of music to speak out against oppression, demand equal rights, and fight for control over their bodies throughout the entire history of rock & roll. Use this collection to see how women have stood up for themselves and for women around the globe across rock genres.


Women Who Rock

From the beginning, women have always been a part of the rock and roll story. From the early gospel and blues singers to the first rock stars to modern hip-hop and pop divas and more, women have been and are key players in rock. They've also taken roles behind the scenes as, yes, secretaries, and also producers, engineers, and record executives. Sometimes they start their own businesses in the music industry in order to make sure their voices are heard. Use this collection to help ensure that women remain part of the story.