The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knows it, which is why they created the popular exhibit “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.” It was featured at the hall's museum in Cleveland and now is traveling across the country, stopping in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Seattle and now Omaha.
The exhibit goes through eight eras of rock music from the roots of rock 'n' roll through disco divas and up to the last few decades' pop explosion.
Among the exhibit's best features are guitars played by Wanda Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt and Taylor Swift as well as a drum played by Meg White of the White Stripes and Lady Gaga's childhood piano.
Also included is clothing, handwritten lyrics, concert posters and photographs.
The “Women Who Rock” exhibit will also include a lot of programs and lectures, including some by representatives of the Hall of Fame as well as jam sessions with Omaha Girls Rock, a local organization dedicated to encouraging girls to explore music.
Local women in rock radio
Every week, Hilary Stohs-Krause hosts “X-Rated: Women in Music.”
The show airs on KXUM (89.3 FM) in Lincoln and features female-produced music from pop to hip-hop and indie to punk. The show also features interviews with local bands and in-studio performances.
Stohs-Krause also writes an X-Rated column for HearNebraska.org.
Catch the show every Thursday on KXUM from 1 to 3 p.m.
Local rock music camps for girls
Omaha Girls Rock is a camp for girls ages 8 to 18 that teaches them how to rock.
The best part is the faculty: All are music veterans, many of whom have toured the country in various bands, including director and founder Stefanie Drootin-Senseney of Big Harp, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, Orenda Fink of Azure Ray and O+S, Sarah Bohling of Icky Blossoms and Jamie Presnall of Tilly and the Wall, among many, many others.
“All of us said we wish we had this when we were younger,” Drootin-Senseney told us.
Young girls are cashing in on the opportunity. Omaha Girls Rock has accepted more students than it planned and still has a waiting list.
“We really like to teach them about doing it yourself. We tell them, 'You're capable of doing things,'” said Drootin-Senseney.
The camp is not yet taking applications for 2013, but will be soon.
Omaha Girls Rock's next goal is to do more regular programs, including after-school workshops.
Part of the Women Who Rock exhibit at the Durham Museum are “jam sessions,” including a “What It Takes To Rock” presentation by Rachel Tomlinson Dick, “Stereotypes of Women in Rock” presentation by Erica Hanton and “Songwriting 101” presentation by Orenda Fink and Christine Fink.
Contact the writer: 402-444-1557, firstname.lastname@example.org; twitter.com/owhmusicguy