Country Music’s Women Barely Get On Radio Or The Charts. Carrie Underwood Has Taken Notice.

"Even when I was growing up, I wished there was more women on the radio."

You've likely heard the term "bro country" to refer to the male-centric music that dominates the genre's radio stations and charts. You might also be aware that there's data to justify the term's usage. Well, Carrie Underwood is well aware of it all and is calling out those in power to do their part to increase female representation.


In a recent episode of the podcast Women Want to Hear Women, hosted by Elaina Smith, the seven-time Grammy winner discusses how singers of different genders are treated overall in the country music genre. As for the logic that women don't want to hear women on the radio, the "Love Wins" singer calls "B.S." on that.

"Even when I was growing up, I wished there was more women on the radio — and I had a lot more than there are today," Underwood said. "I think about all the little girls that are sitting at home saying, 'I want to be a country music singer.' What do you tell them, you know? What do you do? How do you look at them and say, 'Well, just work hard, sweetie, and you can do it' when that's probably not the case right now?"

According to statistics from Country Aircheck (via The Tennessean), the number of purely female country songs — those which feature solely women singing (so no mixed-gender duets or groups) — is on the decline. The country radio trade publication has the figure dropping from 13 percent in 2016 to 10.4 percent in 2017.

"I see so many girls out there busting their rear ends, and so many guys out there, where some new guy has a No. 1, and I'm like, 'Well, good for you. That's great, but who are you? What's happening?' And then these strong women who are super talented that totally deserve it are not getting the same opportunities. But how to change it? I don't know. How do we change it?"

While Underwood admits to not knowing how to fix the industry-wide problem, she is doing her part to create change. For example, two all-female acts — Maddie & Tae and Runaway Jane — will be joining her on the upcoming Pretty Hurts Tour. Not because they need the help but, as she puts it, because they've earned it.

You can listen to the full podcast here.

(H/T: HuffPost | Billboard)

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