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Women Who Rock is a groundbreaking and provocative special exhibition created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, that illustrates the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. This special exhibition of iconic costumes, instruments, and artifacts spotlights more than 70 artists. Exhibition eras and featured artists include:

Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas: The Foremothers / The Roots.

Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Mahalia Jackson, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Get Outta that Kitchen, Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Rock and Roll Emerges

Brenda Lee, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, and Wanda Jackson

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: The Early 1960s / Girl Groups.

Carole King, Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich, Lesley Gore, The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and Darlene Love

Revolution, the Counterculture and the Pill: The Late 1960s.

Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers, Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas, Odetta, and Tina Turner

I Will Survive: The 1970s – Rockers to Disco Divas.

Cher, Donna Summer, Joan Jett, Heart (Ann & Nancy Wilson), Linda Ronstadt, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, The Runaways, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Dance this Mess Around: Punk and Post-Punk.

Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s, Kim Deal of The Breeders/The Pixies, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Deborah Harry of Blondie, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie & the Banshees, Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, and Yoko Ono

Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion.

Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, and Madonna

Ladies First – The ’90s and The New Millennium.

Alicia Keys, Bikini Kill, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Liz Phair, Meg White of the White Stripes, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Janelle Monae

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Artifact images courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum