The only girls in the band and owning it


By Su Fen Tan

The only girls in the band and owning it

It is by no means a recent phenomenon—what with Blondie, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, No Doubt and The Cranberries paving the way for fierce frontwomen from the ’70s through the ’90s—yet female presence in bands is still more of a rarity than commonplace. Fact: women are the minority in the music scene, and quite overwhelmingly so too. Just last year, a study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith from University of Southern California found that only 22.4% of all performers across the 600 most popular songs from 2012 to 2017 were female, with women more likely to receive credit as solo artists and rarely appear in duos or bands.