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Spotlight Women's Music
 
  Women's Music is stylistically diverse and continually evolving.  It has broadened over time, but remains committed to lesbian visibility and feminist values.  
 
 

Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco

 
 
  Music Festivals are a cultural institution among lesbians. Women's music festivals are community-based events that celebrate women's space as much as women's music.  
 
 
  Meg Christian (b. 1946) was a pioneer in women's music and was among the first musicians to address lesbian and feminist issues in her songs. She was a founding member of Olivia Records, a woman-oriented company.  
 
 
  Ani DiFranco (b. 1970) is an openly bisexual singer who has been described as "the thinking person's acoustic punk feminist." She has drawn on an eclectic mixture of musical traditions to create her own distinctive style.  
 
 
  Melissa Etheridge (b. 1961) is an award-winning rock singer and songwriter who has not only managed to carve out a spectacularly successful career as a popular mainstream performer, but has also become a lesbian icon and activist for gay and lesbian causes.  
 
 
  Janis Ian Janis Ian (b. 1951) is a nine time Grammy Award nominee.  She uses her artistry as a songwriter and performer to further the cause of social justice.  
 
 
  Indigo Girls, composed of  lesbians Amy Ray (b. 1964) and Emily Saliers (b. 1963), is one of the most successful folk/pop duos in recording history. Ray and Saliers have earned the fierce loyalty of their fans, many of whom are lesbians.  
 
 
  k. d. langk. d. lang (b. 1961) has enjoyed spectacular success as a musician. She is an anomaly in the music world both because she is a lesbian and because she refuses to confine herself within a specific genre.   
 
 
  Holly Near Holly Near (b. 1949) is an activist, singer, and songwriter who has been a tremendous influence in the formation and promotion of the women's music movement.  
 
 
  Sweet Honey in the Rock is an ensemble of Black women singers who are also cultural and political activists. The ensemble has embraced lesbianism as a life force and given it a voice.  
 
 
  Cris Williamson Cris Williamson (b. 1947) is a pioneering singer, songwriter, activist, and teacher who has been at the forefront of the women's music movement--and a major presence in the lesbian community--for decades.  
 
 
  Photo Credits:  The photograph of Ani DiFranco is a detail from a portrait by Danny Clin, courtesy Righteous Babe Records. The image of Janis Ian courtesy Rude Girl Publishing. The image of k. d. lang was photographed by Jeri Heiden, courtesy Sacks and Company. The image of Holly Near was photographed by Mike Rogers, courtesy Holly Near. The image of Cris Williamson was photographed by Irene Young, courtesy Wolf Moon, Inc.  
 
 

 
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