Saturday, March 4, 2017

Women Who Rock and/or Make History: The Runaways and Sacagawea

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).

The Runaways were the first female punk rockers and its members are, not rock royalty, but definitely rock middle management: Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Michael (The Bangles) Steele all established rock careers (Joan's induction in the Hall of Fame, the same year as Heart, was a great step forward for recognizing rocker chicks).

What can be said about Sacagawea that hasn't already been said? MOST THINGS. When it comes to the Lewis & Clark Expedition, she did most of the work, gets almost none of the credit, and, while it was in progress, they called her Janey. 

She was purchased as a wife by Toussaint Charbonneau when she was 13. When she joined the expedition she was pregnant. And they didn't pay her, they paid Charbonneau. Other than that it was a great gig for Janey.

* 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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