Why is she/are they here?

While Loretta Lynn may at first glance seem an odd selection, given her chosen genre of country music and her stated conservatism, she has been, none-the-less, a powerful voice for rural, poor and working class women. At a time when country music was dominated by and was almost exclusively for men, Loretta portrayed the reality of women’s lives and offered empowerment and recognition. In "Rated X”, she bemoans the stigma imposed on divorced women of 'loose morals' and the expectation of easy access–what we now call slut-shaming.

Through the Shel Silverstein penned “One’s On The Way”, she portrayed the drudgery of endless childbearing. “Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (with Lovin' On Your Mind)” empowered women to say no to sex with their husbands. Most revolutionary the 1975 hit, banned by scores of radio stations, “The Pill” liberated women in rural isolated areas.

FunFacts: She was the first female country recording artist to write a #1 song, “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).” Loretta Lynn has 7 siblings. She is on record as saying that if her mother had had access to the pill, she would not have had to feed 8 kids.

Active period:

1950s to present

 My favourites:

The Pill, One’s On The Way, Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind), Rated X

Quotes:

My mama’s just sorry she didn’t have the pill so she wouldn’t have had eight of us to feed.

If I’d had the pill back when I was havin’ babies, I’d have taken ’em like popcorn. The pill is good for people. I wouldn’t trade my kids for anyone’s. But I wouldn’t necessarily have had six and I sure would have spaced ’em better.1http://people.com/archive/loretta-lynns-pill-is-hard-for-some-fans-to-swallow-vol-3-no-12/

Frequent collaborators:

Numerous

Song writing:

Loretta writes her own songs as well as collaborating and covering.

Other performance skills:

Accomplished guitar player

Samples of lyrics:

They say to have her hair done, Liz flies all the way to France
And Jackie's seen in a Discotheque doin' a brand new dance
And the White House social season should be glitterin' an' gay
But here in Topeka the rain is a fallin'
The faucet is a drippin' and the kids are a bawlin'
One of 'em a toddlin' and one is a crawlin'
And one's on the way

One's On The Way, 1963


But all I've seen of this old world
Is a bed and a doctor bill
I'm tearin' down your brooder house
'Cause now I've got the pill
All these years I've stayed at home
While you had all your fun
And every year that's gone by
Another babys come
There's a gonna be some changes made
Right here on nursery hill
You've set this chicken your last time
'Cause now I've got the pill

The Pill, 1975

How to listen to/purchase their stuff legally:

A selection of Loretta Lynn's work can also be purchased through Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay.

Other accomplishments:

  • To top off receiving every conceivable accolade available to be given to a recording artist, Loretta was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barak Obama in 2013

Gallery of moments: