September 23, 2022

Powerful women of yesterday, today and tomorrow – LE CHEVALIER GANNON

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, it would be hard to celebrate the history of our great country without mentioning the women who brought us here, especially the women who continue to make strides as public figures in the entertainment industry.

Tribute to these women of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Yesterday:

Steve Nicks: Of course, my favorite wife in the music industry, who was an invaluable part of the Fleetwood Mac band at the start and was only really allowed into the band because legendary guitarist Lindsey Buckingham wouldn’t join without her.

Nicks was, at first, a groupie who played tambourine and with the heartstrings of the men in the group. But as the book “Making Rumors” from the album’s co-producer Ken Callait tells us, all that obviously changed when they heard her sing. And then she became a real asset when she started sharing the songs she was writing.

It just goes to show how women, especially in a male-controlled industry, are undervalued and sexualized, so their talents often go unexplored.

Original songs written by Nicks include the painful story of “Silver Springs” and arguably one of the band’s most popular songs, “Rhiannon”, both of which include mystical qualities appreciated by the self-proclaimed wizard.

Aretha Franklin: Often hailed for her performance in Otis Redding’s “Respect,” often overlooked is the remarkable strides she made for the civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Not only was she an advocate for black rights, performing at civil rights protests, but she also supported the struggle for Native American rights.

Since then, powerful soul vocals have tried to match and be compared to that of Franklin’s sound, who was just as powerful on stage as she was when it came to joining the vanguard of the battle for human rights.

“We all need and want respect, male or female, black or white,” Franklin once said. “It’s our basic human right.”

Elizabeth Taylor: Does this name sound familiar to you? In 1963, the beautiful Taylor became cinema’s first female millionaire, earning that pretty penny from her starring role in “Cleopatra.”

Like most influential women in the industry, however, her efforts weren’t limited to the big screen.

Perhaps due to struggles in his own personal life, Taylor was a strong advocate for AIDS research during the epidemic of the 1980s.

All of this despite eight marriages and numerous bouts of illness, proving by example that you can be a successful woman despite the adversity you face and that your relationships or divorces don’t define you.

Today:

Ava DuVernay: Producer of the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” DuVernay not only broke the ceilings for women, but specifically for black women. By directing the film “Selma” in 2014, the filmmaker became the first black woman to be nominated for both the Oscars and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Director.

She then created the “When They See Us” miniseries, which highlighted American racial oppression during the Central Park Five scandal in 1989.

So not only has DuVernay made a difference for her gender and race behind the camera through her work, but she’s also helped champion these important issues by bringing them to life in theaters and on a popular streaming service like Netflix.

Robin Robert: Roberts has been with “Good Morning America” ​​for more than 27 years, even after a career-long battle with cancer. The “Good Morning America” ​​co-anchor has also been in the journalism business for more than 30 years as a producer, reporter, and radio and television presenter.

Having played basketball at Southeastern Louisiana University, his talent for sports journalism was evident.

At 29, Roberts joined a male-dominated network, ESPN, as the host of “SportsCenter,” paving the way for other athletes and female journalists.

Despite her battle with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome, MDS, Roberts was determined to stay in the workforce.

According to her website, “She honored her friends and followers by choosing to make ‘her mess her message,’ something her mother often said,” which is truly a motto to live by.

Halsey: It’s hard to remember the 2018 Women’s March in New York without remembering Halsey’s motivational speech.

During the march, the then 23-year-old performer performed a free-verse poem about sexual assault and its stolen power at the hands of man, which the march was protesting against following the abortion debate.

The poem is titled “A Story Like Mine”.

She also delivered a poetic performance about being a “troublesome woman” at Glamor WOTY 2018.

Halsey’s music is also about empowering music, and my favorite is her ode to ex-boyfriend G-Eazy, “You Should Be Sad,” which tells the sad but liberating story of leaving someone behind. one that you were good for, but wasn’t good for you.

Her other music carries a similar weight, carrying tones of support for all female issues.

One of the most profound quotes that survives from her poetic slam during the Women’s March is this, paying tribute to American gymnastics athletes abused by Larry Nassar:

“It’s 2018 and I’ve realized that no one is safe while she’s alive.

“And every friend I know has a story like mine

“And the world tells me we should take it as a compliment

“But then heroes like Ashley and Simone and Gabby, McKayla and Gaga, Rosario, Aly

“Remind me this is the start, this is not the end

“And that’s why we’re here

“And that’s why we are mobilizing.”

Tomorrow:

Billie Eilish: Since rising to the top of the music charts at age 14 with the dance school project “Ocean Eyes”, Eilish has dominated the pop industry with her unique style and she has always played by her own rules.

Until recently, Eilish had made a point of not revealing her body or wearing the stereotypically feminine clothes touted by most popstars her age. Instead, Eilish chooses to wear baggy t-shirts and shorts, which she finds most comfortable despite societal norms.

This style also helps her body-positive beliefs.

It wasn’t until the age of 18 on the cover of Vogue that she fully embraced her femininity and sexuality, exactly as she should: on her own terms.

For the cover, she ditched her neon hair and grunge style for a softer, classic Marilyn Monroe look, which proves to herself that she’s capable of being both feminine and androgynous, or whatever. that she likes.

This is expressed in her song called “Not My Responsibility”, where she says: “If I lose the diapers, I’m a bitch / Although you never saw my body / You always judge it / And judge me for this / Why?”

She went deeper into her feminist views and sweet style with another song from her latest album. The ‘Happier Than Ever’ album also features a candid song about abuse suffered by women, titled ‘Your Power’. Specifically, this song draws attention to men in the entertainment industry who take advantage of young girls, abusing their power.

This highlights the importance of Eilish playing by her own rules, staying true to her own values, and creating her own image without fear of failure, as she values ​​self-respect and morality over fame and fortune. .

These moral values ​​are carried into her performances, as she began to inquire with anxious fans and those who fell ill during her concerts. This could possibly be in response to the 2021 AstroFest disaster.

These aren’t Eilish’s only efforts related to mental health, as she’s been outspoken with her own struggles, in turn advocating and de-stigmatizing the conversation for others.

She also held on by having her songs written and produced by her older brother, Finneas O’Connell, which was a brave choice for a young woman in the industry. This choice led him to win five Grammy Awards since 2020.

With all of that in mind, it’s doubtful that 20-year-old Eilish will stop there, and I anticipate her contribution to feminism and society as a whole will be immeasurable.

Amanda Gorman: Gorman is someone who has made waves with his words since his inaugural address in President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election. At just 24, she has performed for the Obamas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai due to her hard-hitting messages.

She also graduated with honors from Harvard University, showing young black women that this Ivy League degree is possible.

Themes of her work include oppression in terms of gender and race as well as marginalization, which are continued in her three books published at the age of 24, one of which is titled “The Hill We Climb” as interpreted during the inaugural speech.

Not only did Gorman make strides for young women writers by speaking out at the presidential ceremony, but she also celebrated solidarity with the first female vice president, a black one at that.

An uplifting bit of his inaugural poem read, “We will not return to what was, but we will head for what will be: a country bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.”