Saturday, March 25, 2017

Women Who Rock and/or Make History: Sarah McLachlan and Hypatia of Alexandria

March is Girl Women's History Month.

Fact: girls can do things too!

Fact: girls can't do rock and roll, or so one might conclude from the paucity of females inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (motto: "We've got Randy Newman!"). Real fact: girls can do rock and roll (some of them).

Since I am enjoying getting on my high horse (or getting high on horse), I'm going to double dip with a series of girl-on-girl posts. It's a combination of a female musical act (or a band with a female member [possibly more]) that merits* induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a female who did something like bake a cake or killed a guy (Laura Bush killed a guy).

Sarah McLachlan's contributions to the world are more than just very sad commercials for the ASPCA (but the commercials she makes for the ASPCA are OMG SO SAD!!!). As a musician she's released 3 multiplatinum albums, 1 platinum and 2 gold, and received 3 Grammy awards.

She also produced the Lilith Fair concert tours, which was just smart considering how everyone was a lesbian in 1992.

I think it's incredibly charming that a mathematician and philosopher whose life from somewhere between 400 and 300 B.C. has this Wikipedia entry: "her exact year of birth is still under debate, nonetheless a probabilistic model has been proposed, giving 355 as the most probable year (approximately 14.5% of the probability) and - more generally - the interval of years between 350 and 360 as the one with approximately 90% of the probability."

She headed the Neoplatonist School in Alexandria, and she may or may not have been a witch a practitioner of magic, astrolabes and musical instruments, and a minion of Satan. Regardless of what she did while alive, her death is more complicated and more detailed (here).

* There is a wide spectrum of rock & roll gravitas for the artists included in the 31 I will include. I feel like a reasonable case can be made for each, and everyone one of these is at least as worthy as Randy Newman, 2103 inductee.

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