Female bands and musicians I should know about

Back in January I asked my friends to recommend some female bands, singer-songwriters and musicians. I asked this because I grew up with a record collection dominated by male (indie) artists. The music industry manipulates teenage hormones and insecurities, we're not just sold music we're sold a fantasy of boys / men we want to be our lovers. (I tell myself) I've grown out of wanting to be with someone who seemingly has everything I don't. I want to fulfil my potential and see other women fulfil theirs (not restricted to youth and attractiveness).

Female artists are hugely under-represented at music festivals. PandoraFest is a UK festival that celebrates women in music. The independent organisers held their first festival in Scotland in 2016. If you want to see PandoraFest return please support them http://www.pandorafest.com/about.html @pandorafest
Also check out @safegigs4women who work with venues, promoters, artists and gig-goers to fight sexual assault and harassment at live music events. http://sgfw.org.uk

If I start a Female Arts podcast I will be playing all of these artists. ( I was aware of some of them. I've not been living under a rock.) But others are welcome surprises! I should make a mixtape for my 40th birthday celebrations. Who am I missing?

Joni Mitchell
Aretha Franklin
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Alison Moyet
Alanis Morrisette
Annie Lennox
All Saints
Sophie Ellis Bextor
Christine & the Queens
Tove Lo
Regina Spektor
K D Lang
Kirsty MacColl
Bat For Lashes
Caitlin Rose
Chvrches
Elle King
First Aid Kit
Smoke Fairies
Jenny Lewis
Kelly Clarkson
Haim
Jessie Ware
Delilah
Beth Orton
PJ Harvey
London Grammar
Roisin Murphy
Sleater-Kinney
Madder Rose
Belly
Elastica
Throwing Muses
Lush
Feist
Ameillana Torreni
Grimes
Slow Club
School of Seven Bells
Banks
Sia
Gossip
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sandy Denny
Nina Simone
Shirley Collins
Lana del Rey
Laura Marling
Lonelady
Dusty Springfield
Helen Shapiro
Brody Dalle
Taylor Momsen
Shirley Manson
Heart
The Bangles
Adele
Kylie
Katrina & The Waves
Susie Quattro
Bananarama
Madonna
Pink
Taylor Dane
Pepsi & Shirley
Shakespeare's Sister
Cyndi Lauder
Lulu
Sam Fox
Eternal
Sonique
Skin (Skunk Anansie)
Garbage
Cerys Matthews & Catatonia
Sharlene Spiteri - Texas
Sandie Thom
Eddie Reader
KT Tunstall
Emilie Sande
Soiusie & the Banshees
Blondie
The Kills (Alison Mossheart)
La Roux
Bat for lashes
Sharon van etten
Eva Cassidy
Etta James
Warpaint
Savages
Lykke Li
PINS
Laura Cantrell
Devon Sproule
Lucy Dacus
Sade
Sherly Crow
Dido
Tracy Chapman
Morcheeba
Natalie Imbruglia
Nelly Furtado
Dina Carol
Donna Summer
Whitney Houston
Diana Ross
Patsy Cline
Tina Turner
Kathryn Williams
Be Good Tanyas
Kathy Kirby
4 Non Blondes
Hannah Peel
Tori Amos
Lily Allen
Emma Kupa
Charlotte Hatherley
Mary Lorson from Madder Rose
Ladyhawke
Fiona Apple
Jewel
Joanne Shaw Taylor
The Amorettes
Joan Jett
Girlschool
Ladytron
Beach House
All About Eve
Goldfrapp
Martha and the muffins
Suzanne Vega
Mazy Star
The Jezabels
Sophie B Hawkins
Carole King
Leslie Gore
Elkie Brooks
Beverly Knight
Heather Christian
A Fine Frenzy
Birdy
No Doubt/Gwen Stefani
Beyonce
Emmylou Harris
Gillian Welch
Nanci Griffith
Janelle Monáe
Erykah Badu
Aimee Mann
The Go Go's
The Runaways
Lida Ford
Billie Holliday
The Cardigans
Joan Armatrading
The Unthanks
Bjork
Kate Nash
Imelda May
Ruby Turner
Imogen Heap
Du Blonde
Jack off Jill
Melissa auf der Mer
The Donnas
Bonnie Tyler
Alisha's Attic
Kate Bush
Shakira
Cathy Davey
Polystyrene (X-Ray Spex)
Candida Doyle (Pulp)
Brix Smith Start (The Fall)
Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle)
Anne Pigalle

edit - adding
Rainie Lassiter (De'Lacy)
Amy Winehouse
Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)
Grace Jones
Dianne Reeves
Lady Gaga

Some other links:
Women in Music awards 10 Nov 2017, London @musicweek https://www.nbmevents.uk/womeninmusic/
Women in Music organisation http://www.womeninmusic.org.uk/

image: Cathy Davey (c) Pauline Rowan