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Shirley Manson Celebrates Women Who ‘Challenge The Status Quo’ With New Rock Hall of Fame Exhibit (Exclusive)

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Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage, recently expressed her delight at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s tribute to female music icons in their latest exhibit, “Revolutionary Women in Music: Left of Center.”

Manson, 57, shared her thoughts exclusively with Us Weekly about the significance of the exhibit, which highlights groundbreaking and rebellious musicians from the 1970s to the present day. She emphasized the rarity of seeing women represented in national museums and was moved by the diverse display of female artistry.

One artist Manson was particularly pleased to see acknowledged was Alice Bag, the pioneering punk rocker known for her work with The Bags in the 1970s. Manson highlighted Bag’s significant impact on American punk music and expressed excitement at seeing her recognized in the exhibit.

Throughout her career, Manson has championed female voices in the music industry, recognizing the challenges they face in challenging the status quo. She believes that a healthy society thrives on discussion, argument, and the sharing of ideas, sentiments echoed in the exhibit’s celebration of diverse female talent.

Reflecting on her own journey as a performer, Shirley Manson described performing as an act of defiance against societal invisibility and silencing of women’s voices. She emphasized the freedom and empowerment found in performing, which allows artists to assert their existence and resist censorship.

Despite progress in the music industry, Manson believes that challenges persist for women, particularly those who challenge traditional gender norms. She cited recent setbacks in women’s rights, such as the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as evidence of ongoing inequality and the need for continued advocacy.

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The “Revolutionary Women in Music: Left of Center” exhibit features trailblazers from across music genres, including icons like Christina Aguilera, SZA, Rihanna, and Janelle Monae. Manson, along with other influential artists, helped open the exhibit to the public, underscoring the importance of recognizing and celebrating female contributions to music history.

In closing, Manson expressed hope for increased recognition of women in mainstream institutions and emphasized the significance of validation from national museums like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She believes that such acknowledgment not only honors individual artists but also validates the importance of women’s voices in shaping cultural narratives.

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