- 1962: Judy Garland
- 1964: Barbara Streisand
- 1992: Natalie Cole
- 1996: Alanis Morissette
- 1997: Celine Dion
- 1999: Lauryn Hill
- 2003: Norah Jones
"Best Record of the Year" is a little better, highlighting female artists such as Carole King, Roberta Flack, Olivia Newton John, Tina Turner, and Sheryl Crow. Still, I can see the importance of a community radio show highlighting current female artists who aren't singing half-naked and/or Brittney Spears.
What I can't stand is the insistence on spelling women with a "y." I mean, I'm a feminist, but I'm the kind of feminist who doesn't really give a crap that English happens to use "men" in both the male and female genders. I'm the kind of feminist who is interested in spending her time and energy on other problems. In fact, if men and women were completely equal in EVERY other facet of their lives, I still wouldn't give a crap about the damn "y." Internationally, the "y" is even more pointless, given that English is one of the only languages with this gender reference phenomenon.
Instead of spelling women with a "y", I would rather spend that time and energy:
1. Eliminating female circumcision.
2. Ensuring safe, legal, but rare occurrences of abortions by providing young men and women with the family-planning education they need to make choices about safe, accessible, and cost-effective birth control.
3. Reducing the rates of episiotomies and caesarian-sections in the U.S in part by getting HMOs the hell out of the birthing room.
4. Increasing the number of women in the sciences by making academia more female and family friendly, and providing cool female role models to young women in K-12.
5. Helping women to close the pay gap and save enough money to retire.
Whether or not you spell it women or womyn, to find out more about cool female artists, check out the mp3 blog womenfolk.net.