The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to have a woman problem. As in, there aren't enough women in it.
Those numbers make Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks — both honored this year in absurdly belated recognition of their accomplishments — exceptions to a very outdated tradition. Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe both entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, and Joan Baez was a 2017 inductee. But in 2016, not a single woman was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of inducted artists. In 2015, Joan Jett was the only woman inducted — though it's worth noting Jett wasn't inducted as an individual artist, but with her band, the Blackhearts. In 2014, the only woman inducted was Linda Ronstadt. And way back in 1983, when it first started inducting members, there were zero women honored.
Let's be honest: that's weird as hell. Especially when you consider how many iconic, incredible, and groundbreaking women musicians there have been in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Is the nomination committee unaware of these women? Do they need a list? We've got a lot of names for consideration.
Ahead are our picks from among the many deserving women who are pioneers in music, eligible according to the current criteria, and who should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as soon as possible.