Co-wrote this piece with another Belle Jar writer as part of our ‘Amazing Women of 2013’ series. I handled the music part of the article.
2013 was a fantastic year for women in the music industry. Even the bad press and mixed reactions surrounding Miley Cyrus opened up feminist debates, which is ultimately a positive thing. Here are just a few women who attempted to change the sexist record and rocked the 2013 music scene:
A crossover from 2012 here: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, members of the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot, were released in December 2013 after being imprisoned in February 2012 for their political song ‘Punk Prayer’ in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral. Their original conviction for supposed “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” was strongly opposed by human rights groups. Both members were due to be freed in March 2014, but were granted an early release due to an amnesty law which covered their rights as mothers. Both women opposed their early release, labelling it a ‘publicity stunt’
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