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WOMEN'S MUSIC This century saw women making hits without pulling punches, as they took the music world by storm. The musical impact of blueswoman Bessie Smith was as great as her six-foot frame, while the gospel-inspired Aretha Franklin belted out pro-woman songs that gained her R-E-S-P-E-C-T from a huge audience. Raspy-voiced rocker Janis Joplin's hard-driving style--not just in art but also in life--brought her to an early end, while late-century divas like Madonna and Queen Latifah have transcended music, strayed into other media and become hard-nosed businesswomen in charge of their own fates. Sweet Honey in the Rock combined music with activism, singing out against racism, sexism, injustice, and environmental destruction. An in the 1990s, the punk group Bikina Kill made way for the riotgrrrl revolution. Rampant sexism continues in the mostly male-dominated industry, but women are singing their own songs and making their voices heard.

NANCY DREW In 1930, a series of books about an adventurous young sleuth from River Heights, Iowa, gave girls a spirited female role model. Nancy Drew became a fictional mentor who told thousands of girls that they, too, could be smart, bold, and independent. WONDER WOMAN COMIC STRIP In 1941, in answer to the question, "Why can't a superhero be a woman?" the first major female superhero was born.

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