If you’re into music, you’ve likely heard of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.
But do you know about other musical greats who’ve made history?
Let’s take a look at 2 trailblazing women:
Amy Beach (1867-1944) was an American composer who wrote operas, symphonies, tonal poems, chamber music, and various vocal works. She was the first woman to lead major orchestras in America and Europe.
Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was an English composer known for her operas and patriotic songs written during World War I. She was also actively involved in social causes such as women’s suffrage and pacifism.
But the story doesn’t end in the 19th century.
There are still strong, powerful women making waves and composing their own pieces of art today:
Aretha Franklin is known not only for her music but also her activism. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and won numerous Grammy Awards throughout her career. Throughout her life, she also became a civil rights activist.
Beyoncé is known not only as a singer, but also as a songwriter and actress. Her album Lemonade was named Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys, making it one of five albums to have won that award twice.
Taylor Swift is one of the world’s most popular pop singers today, and she writes all her own songs! In addition to being an artist with a huge fanbase, she has also been involved in philanthropic causes such as raising funds for cancer research through concert ticket sales or selling products whose profits go to charitable organizations such as the Red Cross or UNICEF.