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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates Women's History Month with Events and Exhibits Featuring Patti Scialfa, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow & more

originally published: 03/08/2023

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates Women

(CLEVELAND, OH) -- Honoring #WomenWhoRock, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is hosting a series of Women’s History Month events and programs celebrating the achievements of some of music’s most notable female artists. Among them is a new artifact from Inductee Patti Scialfa of The E Street Band.

The Rock Hall’s 2023 Nominee ballot also features incredible female trailblazers, including Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Cyndi Lauper, Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Meg White of The White Stripes. Fans can cast their votes in the official Fan Vote now through April 28th at

Special events, programs, and artifacts honoring #WomenWhoRock include:

March 10 -- New Artifact from Inductee Patti Scialfa of The E Street Band. Legends of Rock Exhibit. The Rock Hall is adding  Scialfa’s Takamine acoustic guitar played on the Tunnel of Love tour to the E Street Band exhibit in Legends of Rock.

March 14th -- Wanda Jackson Exhibit. Pioneers Gallery. Spotlighting the first “Queen of Rockabilly,” this new exhibit will include 2009 Early Influence Inductee Wanda Jackson’s 1950 Martin acoustic guitar, a stage-worn dress that she designed herself, as well as other artifacts from her iconic career.

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March 16th -- “Women in Country” Virtual Interview with Amanda Shires & Martina McBride. Rock Hall YouTube, 7:00pm Eastern. Shelby Morrison, the Rock Hall’s Director of Curatorial Operations & Artist Relations sits down with Amanda Shires & Martina McBride to discuss their music careers. To correspond with the premiere, artifacts from Amanda Shires’ recent Take It Like a Man album will be added to the Right Here, Right Now exhibit.

March 23rd -- Soak Up the Sun: The Music of Sheryl Crow Exhibit Opening. Through her powerhouse solo performances, collaborations with industry icons, and early session musician work, 2023 Nominee Sheryl Crow’s influence reverberates through 1990s rock, pop, country, folk, blues, and the work of countless singer-songwriters. Highlighting moments throughout her incredible career, this exhibit features artifacts such as handwritten lyrics to “Leaving Las Vegas,” the leather jacket worn in the “All I Wanna Do” music video, and the outfit worn for Crow’s 2018 Bonnaroo performance. "I am thrilled and honored to have a featured exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," said Crow. "Thank you to the Rock Hall team for curating and thanks to all my fans for all the support and love throughout the years."

March 29th -- Chaka Khan Special Appearance and Exhibit Opening. Closing out the month, legend, icon, and 7-time Nominee, Chaka Khan sits down with Rock Hall Director of Curatorial Operations & Artist Relations, Shelby Morrison for a special interview celebrating both Chaka’s 50th anniversary in the music industry and her 70th birthday. Five outfits from Chaka Khan’s iconic 50-year career in the industry will be added to the Legends of Rock exhibit.

Highlighted Artifacts: Throughout the Museum, they have extensive exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of women and Rock & Roll. Highlighted pieces include Janis Joplin’s handwritten lyrics to “Move Over,” Joan Jett’s Les Paul deluxe electric guitar, Elizabeth Cotten’s 1983 Martin custom acoustic guitar, and Annie Lennox’s jacket from the music video for the feminist anthem “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” a 1985 duet with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Now Available: New materials added to Rock Hall EDU, free online learning resources. Bring the spirit of Women’s History Month into your classroom with free materials and collections including Rock & Roll and Women’s Rights CollectionWomen Who Rock Collection, The Supremes CollectionWhitney Houston CollectionDolly Parton CollectionCarole King CollectionMavis Staples Collection, Aretha Franklin Collection, and more. Sign up now for your free account to access these materials.

EDU From the Vault: Rock Hall YouTube.  Dive into our Women Who Rock Collection featuring interviews, performances, and Induction highlights. Spotlighted Inductees include Carly Simon, Pat Benatar, Michelle Phillips, Joan Baez, and more!

Rock Hall celebrates Women Who Rock on Spotify. Listen, download and follow the Rock Hall’s latest playlists on Spotify featuring the most influential #WomenWhoRock from the 50s through the 90s.

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Women played a central role in the development of rock & roll, beginning with early blues artists, like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and gospel artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Spirited rhythm-and-blues singers – such as Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, and rockabilly star Wanda Jackson added their creative talents to popular music through its explosive growth in the ‘50s. Girl groups, like the Shirelles and Supremes, and the Rock Hall’s first female Inductee Aretha Franklin dominated the charts in the ‘60s while Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell carried the torch into the ‘70s. Artists such as Joan Jett, Ann Wilson, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, The Go-Go’s, Patti Smith, and Stevie Nicks paved the way for women in the ‘80s and ‘90s with their music and style. And, blazing through the 21st century includes the incredible voices of St. Vincent, Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and new generations of trailblazers who were influenced by those before them.

Experience the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s exhibits and programs to learn more about #WomenWhoRock. Visit for more info.

Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country, and gospel, rock & roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all. They share stories of the people, events, and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, engaging programs, and our annual Induction Ceremony. They intentionally foster a diverse, equitable, educational nonprofit Museum that encourages and embraces creativity and innovation. As a community leader, they value, empower, and respect all people. Join the millions who love rock & roll as much as you do.


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