In 1966, James Brown said, “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” It’s been 50 years since these famous words were first uttered, but not much has really changed. For the most part, it’s still a man’s world—regardless of what industry is the subject of conversation, men continue to be in the majority. However, anyone would be foolish to deny the impact powerful women have in any field.

In the music industry, as in any area of employment, women have a harder time earning the success or respect they deserve without being subjected to gender stereotypes or consistently being objectified for their image. Although women have come a very long way in terms of respect and success in this industry, we still have quite a long way to go before the “female” tag finally stops being used as a label in front of our positions. 

There’s no precise answer as to how women can finally get the equality we deserve, but we asked women in various lanes of the music industry to share their own experiences and thoughts in hopes of inspiring a new generation aiming to make their mark.