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Women Who Rock: In the Pages of Rolling Stone

Janis Joplin, Adele, Joan Jett and more on their inspirations and struggles

Janis Joplin

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"That's the good thing about women, man. Because they sing they fuckin' insides, man. Women to be in the music business give up more than you'd ever know. She's got kids she gave up, any woman gives up home life, an old man, probably, you give up a home and friends, children and friends, you give up an old man and friends, you give up every constant in the world except music. That's the only thing in the world you got, man. So for a woman to sing, she really needs to or wants to. A man can do it as a gig, because he knows he can get laid tonight." (February 17th, 1972)

Lil' Kim

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Lil’ Kim

"Instead of coming out looking like a male to compete with them, I came out looking like a woman and still kicked a lot of they asses. It's like, we had Too Short and we had Snoop coming out, disrespecting the women. Then you had me come out like, 'I'm not having this. I could tell y'all about yourself, too.'" (October 31st, 2002)

Pink

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Pink

"I guess being a woman has been an advantage. You have to work much harder to get the respect you deserve, and you have to command respect and carry yourself in a certain way. But I've been able to be very outspoken and fight the good fight, and I think if I was a man, people might not have been as willing to hear me out." (October 31st, 2002)

Sheryl Crow

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Sheryl Crow

"The first person I can remember wanting to be was Linda Ronstadt. I think it was all about that picture of her in cutoffs and roller skates. That's what I wanted to look like, and who I wanted to be. And I still want to be her. I'm still a massive fan. She's really underrated – when everybody is talking about women in rock, they forget her. She was like a white hippie version of Billie Holiday, just strength and sexuality." (October 31st, 2002)

Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera

"I think when a woman is very confident about how her body looks regardless of society's viewpoint of what a woman's body should look like, it upsets people. I'm unapologetic for the things I do, the things I wear, the things I say. You know it seems like they all want this pretty, perfect little America's sweetheart." (June 26th, 2003)

Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott

"It's always that door opener, that one woman who really sets it off. Now, we don't want to be the one stand back there with the pack of nails, we want to be the one with the nails, we want to be the one with the nails and the hammer and doing the work for ourselves." (October 30th, 2003)

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga

"I don't know when or why you realize that you've become a woman, but I'm a woman. I think different. I feel different. And I care less and less about what people think as the hours go by. I feel very strong." (July 8th, 2010)

adele

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Adele

"Even if I had a really good figure, I don't think I'd get my tits and ass out for no one. I love seeing Lady Gaga's boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry's boobs and bum. Love it. But that's not what my music is about. I don't make music for eyes, I make music for ears." (April 28th, 2011)

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