March 8th is International Women's Day.
In celebration of the day, we look back to March 19th, 2019 when Stevie Nicks was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, making her the first woman to be enshrined twice -- the first was in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
During her acceptance speech in 2019, she pushed for the inclusion of more women.
A portion of Stevie Nicks' 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech. OC:...I can do it. :41
"It’s not hard for me to go and play for you, but it’s very hard for me to try to tell you how I thank you for this, being the first girl in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Sometimes I just can tell great stories, but for me to tell you a story from my heart about what this means to me is very hard because this has never happened to me before. And I’m hoping that since it’s never happened to me, and now only once -- 22 men in for zero women, and now one woman – that what I am doing is opening up the door for other women to go like, ‘Hey man, I can do it.’”
Since that night, 12 women have been nominated, with eight elected for induction:
- Whitney Houston
- Pat Benatar
- Carole King
- Tina Turner
- The Go-Go's -- Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin
- Dolly Parton
- Carly Simon
- Annie Lennox as a member of the Eurythmics
And, like Stevie, Carole King and Tina Turner are now enshrined twice.
Carole was inducted in 1990 in the Non-Performer category with her ex-husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin; and Tina was inducted with Ike and Tina Turner in 1991.
There are four women on this year's ballot -- Cyndi Lauper, Missy Elliott, Kate Bush and Sheryl Crow. It's the first nominations for Cyndi, Missy and Sheryl, and the fourth for Kate.