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Celebrating inspiring women in music

We celebrate some of the most influential female musicians of all time #IWD18

International Women’s Day 2018 is urging communities to rally together in support of #PressforProgress, helping to motivate and unite communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

We’re lending our support to the vital campaign and celebrating women in entertainment across all Ticketmaster channels today.

From comedy and theatre, to music and sport, we believe in showcasing influential female figures in these communities to help inspire and empower more women across the globe.

Music isn’t short of proactive female role models, and it feels like now more than ever, there is a need for everyone in entertainment to unite and take a stand against inequality in the industry.

Here, we’ve set out to celebrate some of the most influential female musicians of all time, with their music still helping to empower a new legion of amazing ladies and non-males in music.

Alanis Morissette

A defining voice of a generation, at just 21-years-old Alanis Morissette took Australian album charts by storm with the release of Jagged Little Pill. The groundbreaking record was described as ‘era-defining’ by Billboard, and set the tone for a fearless career by the Canadian-American musician.


A unique star in every sense of the word, Björk still very much defines the idea of what a modern musician is and can be. A pop icon, Björk embraced change – be it technology, style or commerce – and harnessed it as her own.

Shirley Manson

The Garbage singer hasn’t wasted her time in the limelight, using her prominent position in rock and pop music to confront misogyny and preconceived notions of what female musicians should be.

Patti Smith

While Patti Smith wasn’t the first female rock star by any means, so many of her peers cite her as a strong influence. Smith’s 1975 debut, Horses, was considered to be ahead of its time, leading to an explosion in DIY music and a contribution to the wave of punk, grunge, riot grrrl, alt rock and indie that soon followed.

Aretha Franklin

Soul legend Aretha Franklin played by her own rules throughout the entirety of her career. Her music feels as poignant today as it would have 50 years ago, with her sass and style influencing just about every contemporary pop artist today.

Carole King 

Iconic American composure and songwriter, Carole King, paved the way for many female songwriters in the second half of the 20th century, opening the doors to huge talents like Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton.

Joni Mitchell 

Arguably one of the most personal voices in music, Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell remains one of the most significant singers in folk. Few make listeners feel this vulnerable!

Billie Holiday

American jazz star, Billie Holiday, changed music forever with her distinctive style and unforgettable voice. From gigs in Harlem jazz club to her work with the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Billie was a true trailblazer for women in music.

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