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Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than by honoring the 55 influential women that have been inducted into the performers’ section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

While 2019 sees the addition of Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks (the first woman to be a double-inductee), women only comprise just over seven percent of the performers’ section of the Rock Hall. (The performers’ section is currently made up of 751 musicians.)

While there are plenty of women eligible and worthy for induction, scroll through the list below and see who’s made it into the Rock Hall so far. Hopefully, significantly more women will be added in future years.

Aretha Franklin – Inducted in 1987


The Supremes (
Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson) – Inducted in 1988

Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes

Their number one song from 1969 and into 1970. This song was number one for one week. In this song, Johnny Bristol was harmonizing with Diana to help her with the song. They decided to use the track as is. The background vocals are not of Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong but rather it is with Maxine and Julia Waters.

LaVern Baker – Inducted in 1991


Tina Turner – Inducted in 1991 with Ike & Tina Turner


Ruth Brown – Inducted in 1993


Etta James – Inducted in 1993

Cynthia Robinson – Inducted in 1993 with Sly & the Family Stone 

Donna Jean Godchaux – Inducted in 1994 with the Grateful Dead

Janis Joplin – Inducted in 1995

Martha and the Vandellas (
Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford-Holmes, Annette Sterling-Helton, Lois Reeves, Betty Kelly) – Inducted in 1995

Gladys Knight – Inducted in 1996 with Gladys Knight & the Pips

The Shirelles (Shirley Alston Reeves, Addie Harris, Doris Kenner Jackson, Beverly Lee) – Inducted in 1996

THE SHIRELLES - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [ 60's Video In NEW STEREO ].mp4

THE SHIRELLES - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [ 60's Video In NEW STEREO ].mp4

Maureen Tucker – Inducted in 1996 with The Velvet Underground

Grace Slick – Inducted in 1996 with Jefferson Airplane 

Joni Mitchell – Inducted in 1997

Christine McVie & Stevie Nicks – Inducted in 1998 with Fleetwood Mac. Nick is the first woman double inductee as part of the 2019 induction class for her solo work.

Cass Elliot & Michelle Phillips – Inducted in 1998 with The Mamas & the Papas

the mamas & papas - california dreaming - stereo edit

The Mamas & Papas lip synching "California Dreaming" at The Hollywood Palace. "California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire. However, the best-known version is by the Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released it as a single in 1965.

Dusty Springfield – Inducted in 1999

Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples & Yvonne Staples – Inducted in 1999 with The Staple Singers


Bonnie Raitt – Inducted in 2000

Brenda Lee – Inducted in 2002

Tina Weymouth – Inducted in 2002 with Talking Heads

Chrissie Hynde – Inducted in 2005 with The Pretenders

Debbie Harry – Inducted in 2006 with Blondie

The Ronettes (
Veronica, Estelle Bennett, Nedra Talley) – Inducted in 2007

Patti Smith – inducted in 2007

Madonna – Inducted in 2008

Agnetha Fältskog & Anni-Frid Lyngstad – Inducted in 2010 with ABBA


Darlene Love – Inducted in 2011

A 'View' tradition: Darlene Love performs 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' | The View

Love joined "The View" for the third Christmas season to perform her hit.

Claudette Rogers Robinson – Inducted in 2012 with The Miracles

Laura Nyro – Inducted in 2012

Ann & Nancy Wilson – Inducted in 2013 with Heart

Donna Summer – Inducted in 2013

Linda Ronstadt – Inducted in 2014

Joan Jett – Inducted in 2015 with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts


Joan Baez – Inducted in 2017

Joan Baez - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

one of the best-loved songs ever recorded about the Civil War: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band. The song was first recorded in 1969, and was later covered and/or performed by Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, the Black Crowes, Bruce Hornsby, and the Allman Brothers Band, among others...

Nina Simone – Inducted in 2018


Janet Jackson – Inducted in 2019

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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