30 Quotes from Women in Country Music in 1993 That Could Easily Be Said Today and Have Definitely Been Said Lately
In 1993 CBS aired the "Women of Country" 2-hour special which featured the likes of Lynn Anderson, Suzy Bogguss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, June Carter Cash, Linda Davis, Crystal Gayle, Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless, Barbara Mandrell, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Jeannie C. Riley, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Tammy Wynette, Trisha Yearwood and a host of other others.
Today, it would be pretty tough to round up more than a dozen or so recognizable women, currently making music for a TV special. Because, you know, "people don't like listening to women on the radio."
The show started with Loretta Lynn saying, "how could anybody ever say it's a man world?"
What was most shocking about Lynn opening the TV special with that quote is that she believed it. While these ladies, in 1993, seemed fairly convinced that they had made great strides for themselves and those that would come after them, you could take almost everyone of these quotes and give it a woman in country music today. (But, to be clear, they had made great strides. How else do you get a TV special?)