Celebrating the Women of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

It’s been a big year for Whitney Houston fans.


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In March, the late legend’s 1992 cover of “I Will Always Love You” was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, established to preserve sound recordings that are deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

In October, she made history as the first Black artist to have three Recording Industry Association of America-certified Diamond albums, with 1987’s Whitney joining her 1985 self-titled debut and the 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard at having sold 10 million units.

And to top it off, she’s been formally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with the 2020 induction ceremony due to air on HBO on Saturday, Nov. 7. Though she first became eligible to join the prestigious club of music greats in 2010—25 years after the release of her first record, as per the rules—the nomination for the Class of 2020 was her first. Out of 16 acts nominated, she’s one of only six who’ve been voted in this year—and the lone woman in the bunch.

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In fact, her induction into the Performers category puts her in league with an elite group of female artists who’ve carved out space for themselves in an overwhelmingly male-dominated field. If only she were here to see it.

As we wait to see how presenter Alicia Keys pays tribute to Houston during this year’s ceremony, take a look at all the fierce females who came before her in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks wearing costumes: Zumapress; Getty Images; Melissa Herwitt/E! Illustration


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Aretha Franklin talking on a cell phone: The Queen of Soul became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Rolling Stones ' Keith Richards did the honors.


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The Queen of Soul became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Rolling Stones ‘ Keith Richards did the honors.



The iconic Motown girl group comprising Diana Ross , Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (pictured here) was inducted by Little Richard in 1988.


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The iconic Motown girl group comprising Diana Ross , Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (pictured here) was inducted by Little Richard in 1988.



a person standing in front of a curtain: Known for '50s-era pop hits "Tweedle Dee" and "Jim Dandy," the blues and R&B singer was inducted by Chaka Khan in 1991.


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Known for ’50s-era pop hits “Tweedle Dee” and “Jim Dandy,” the blues and R&B singer was inducted by Chaka Khan in 1991.



Tina Turner standing posing for the camera: In 1991, she was inducted alongside her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner , the duo recognized for their work in the '60s and '70s on hits like "Proud Mary" and "River Deep—Mountain High." Fans have been vocal about their desire to see Turner inducted once more in recognition of her solo work.


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In 1991, she was inducted alongside her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner , the duo recognized for their work in the ’60s and ’70s on hits like “Proud Mary” and “River Deep—Mountain High.” Fans have been vocal about their desire to see Turner inducted once more in recognition of her solo work.



Ruth Brown sitting on a stage: Known for bringing a pop music style to R&B during her heyday on the Atlantic Records roster in the 1950s, Brown was inducted in 1993 by Bonnie Raitt .


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Known for bringing a pop music style to R&B during

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Federal Agencies Partner to Create Murals Celebrating Women’s Suffrage Across the Country

Federal Agencies Partner to Create Murals Celebrating Women’s Suffrage Across the Country

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment) announced a new partnership to create public art for selected sites across the United States to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The amendment secured women’s right to vote in the U.S. Constitution when it was certified on August 26, 1920.  

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The two federal agencies joined forces to create a public art grant program that has provided $25,000 in funding to each of the nation’s six regional arts organizations that together represent all 50 states and U.S. territories. Those are Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts, and the Western States Arts Federation. Each of the regional arts organizations is developing guidelines to solicit proposals from artists in their region who are interested in creating a mural honoring the history of American women’s fight for the right to vote. Panels will select an artist from among the submissions to lead the project. These six suffrage centennial murals are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.

The WSCC and the Arts Endowment are both committed to ensuring that suffrage history is celebrated beyond the 2020 centennial. The WSCC, created by Congress to commemorate the anniversary this year, will leave a legacy of public art and educational resources that will continue to inform and inspire, such as the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, VA and the WSCC’s podcasts And Nothing Less and The Magic Sash. In August 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts published a book, Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, illustrating how the arts helped bring about the passage of the 19th Amendment.

“Our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts is an important part of the Commission’s efforts to ensure that the 2020 centennial marks the beginning of a much longer commemoration of suffrage history. These murals, which will be erected throughout the country next year, will provide future generations with grand, visual reminders of the courageous women who never gave up the fight for equality,” said WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon.

“The Arts Endowment is honored to work with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to tell the story of the suffrage movement through public art. With our partnership to install suffrage murals in communities nationwide, we will honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire hope for the future,” said NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter.

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was created by Congress to coordinate the nationwide commemoration during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was officially signed into the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920. The amendment prohibits the United States or any state from denying

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Celebrating the African Woman: A Multi-Functional Human Species

Women are intelligent creatures tasked with the heavenly duty of serving as a complement to men. However, due to their distinctive being, many women have performed excellently and gone beyond the boundaries of their heavenly assigned tasks. Countless women around the globe are multifunctional human species, playing a dual role of manly and womanly duties with exceptional successes. The list of such women includes but not limited to these, Mother Theresa, Florence Nightingale, Millicent Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Marie Curie, Emily Wilding Davison, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai, Clara Barton, Edith Wharton, Dorothy Levitt, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Yaa Asantewaa, Winnie Mandela, Margaret Ekpo, Miriam Makeba, Queen Nkinga, and Ruth Williams. In modern Africa, women toil and have positioned their feet firmly in all areas of development. They have shown that they merit great recognition as at par with their male counterparts. Today, it is empirically unarguable that gender equality is less disputed because women in the past and more so, presently, have shown by their remarkable leadership and workable skills that indeed the slogan is true that what a man can do, a woman can do and probably can even do better.

Unfortunately, in many parts of Africa, due to the age-long dark mentality that women must be confined to the domestic home, the rights of women are still trampled upon. The old tripartite systems of customary, traditional and religious viewpoints that undermine the liberty of women to explore their potentials to bolster Africa's development make it difficult to erase completely, various discriminatory practices toward them. The inequality against women in terms of education and in participating in key decision-making areas of development is a haunting plague to the African continent. Estimates indicate that three years after the 2015 target of the second millennium development goals of attaining universal education, female enrolment in primary education still trail at 67%. It is distressing that arranged and forced marriages of young girls still prevail in many local communities in Africa. Due to poverty, many of these feeble young girls are exchanged for money in these untimely and coerced marital unions. African governments must put in great efforts to establish and enforce all legislation against child marriages and all forms of inhumane and degrading treatments against women! Human rights activists and agencies must intensify their efforts in sounding the sensitization and awareness campaign for equal rights for women. Massive education must be pursued by the ministries of gender, women and children affairs as well as civic rights ministries and agencies to enlighten parents, especially illiterate parents on the need to change their wrong perceptions regarding girl-child education.

While the feminism theory is being put into reality today in many societies globally, Africa is still wallowing in darkness regarding the need to enhance women participation in key areas of development. Granted, there have been many giant efforts in this regard as some women have gone against all odds to rub shoulders with their male counterparts in …

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A Guide to Celebrating the 20th Wedding Anniversary

The 20th year wedding anniversary is one of the largest milestone anniversaries, and one that is well worth celebrating not only with your spouse and loved ones, but also with anyone in your life who wants to celebrate with you. As you celebrate this truly momentous occasion, you should be taking the time to reflect on the serious commitment that has been made to a lifetime of marriage between you and your spouse. Here is a guide to the ideas and symbols that are normally associated with the twentieth wedding anniversary. Planning a 20th year wedding anniversary is an event that should be taken seriously, and it has a lot more planning involved than simply throwing a celebratory party.

20th Anniversary Traditional Gifts: China is the traditional gift for the 20th wedding anniversary, as it is meant to symbolize the beauty, elegance and delicate nature of your love for one another over a period of the past twenty years.

20th Anniversary Modern or Contemporary Gifts: Platinum is the modern or contemporary choice for a 20th year wedding anniversary gift because it is strong and enduring in many of the same ways as your twenty year old marriage.

20th Anniversary Gemstone: The emerald is the traditional gemstone for celebrating the 20th year wedding anniversary, though yellow or golden diamonds are another available option.

20th Anniversary Color: The colors traditionally associated with the 20th year wedding anniversary are both emerald green and white.

20th Anniversary Flower: The flower normally associated with the 20th year wedding anniversary is the day lily. The meaning normally associated with the day lily is that of coquetry, including playful behavior toward your spouse and flirting.

Another opportunity available to you is to give a rose that is symbolic of this momentous occasion, the twentieth year anniversary. A few of the roses that you should consider include the China Doll rose, the Chinatown rose, the Weeping China Doll rose and the Precious Platinum rose.

There are a number of different ways that you can celebrate your twentieth year wedding anniversary. For example, you may want to consider planning an anniversary party that has a Chinese theme, possibly even making use of Chinese paper lanterns as part of the decorations. If you want to continue the China theme, you may consider planning a picnic using China glasses and plates rather than paper or Styrofoam. Take things to the next level by purchasing tickets to a concert, movie, sporting event or the theater and attend with your loved one. If you want to celebrate in style, which is recommended for this truly phenomenal wedding anniversary, you may even consider vacationing with your spouse to China or Hong Kong, where traditional China gifts can be purchased.

There are a variety of different gift ideas that you can consider when treating your spouse to a gift on your twentieth year wedding anniversary. Consider giving the gift of a Wedgwood china vase containing fresh day lilies or other …

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