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).
Their early releases as a new wave act and their cover of Shocking Blue's "Venus" are the closest the band gets to rock & roll, but their hits in pop and dance earned them a Guinness Book of World Records entry as the all-female band with the most chart entries.
Catherine the Great's 34 year reign over Russia is the longest by any female. The period ia considered a golden age for Russia: it included the Russian Enlightenment; a focus on education, including education for women; and Russia's emergence as one of the major powers in Europe. Also she liked horses.
Robert Massie Interview from Skip Prichard on Vimeo.
* 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.