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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


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


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

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


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