March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of women from all parts of the world. One woman who broke barriers is the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, who is credited as the first women to change public perceptions of Latin music and it's sub-genre, Tejano music, and who blazed a trail for other female artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
On March 8th, International Women's Day, the official Selena Quintanilla Facebook and Twitter accounts released a short clip and inspirational quotes from the Mexican-American singer to celebrate her triumphs and achievements. In the video, the Latina icon talks about how difficult it was for her father to secure gigs and performances because she was a woman. However, she proved them all wrong as she rose to become a Grammy-award winning artist with a fan base that grew in thousands.
Selena took the Tejano genre by storm and proved that a female artist could draw just as much attendees at concert venues. #internationalwomensday2018 #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/adqjUqe6xS
— Selena Quintanilla (@SelenaLaLeyenda) March 8, 2018
Twenty-three years later her legacy lives on and she is remembered as one of the most influential Latin artists whose music made it's way in American pop culture. However, many female artists, especially women of color still feel widely underrepresented when it comes to music. A study called, Inclusion in the Recording Studio? found that women were missing when it came to owning and producing music. Across these 300 songs and 651 producers, a full 98% were male and only 2% were female. The numbers are even more staggering when it comes to Grammy Award Nominations. From 2013 to 2018 only 9.3% of nominees were women out of 899 individuals who were nominated.
In the 2018 60th Grammy Award Show only one woman, Alessia Cara, won a Grammy.
So while we celebrate important women in history such as Selena it's important to note the disparity that exists to this day when it comes to women in music. Women make up half the world and it's time to demand more of us represented.