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Where are the women?

Gazette staff February 19th, 2014

Did you know only three of the top 25 artists on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart are women? Carrie Underwood does, and she’s not happy about it.

 “You would think that we would be farther along in the thinking about women in country music, but then I see stats like [the one cited above] and realize that women really do seem to get the short end,” Underwood told Billboard.

“There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business, but there seems to be only room for only a few.”

In the interview, the Checotah-raised megastar also said she doesn’t believe she’d be where she is if not for American Idol and women can’t get away with singing “partying, beerdrinking, hung-over, truck-driving kind of music.”

And you know what? She kinda has a point (though we’d love to hear her version of “Beer for My Horses”).

You really have to hand it to Underwood. Between her women’s equality tirade and her support for (gulp) marriage equality, she has established herself as one of the most progressive minds in a largely backward-thinking industry.

What hot-button issue will she tackle next? Filibuster reform? Marijuana legalization? Climate change? We’re on pins and needles here, Carrie.

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