Ann Wilson On Seeing Progress For Women In Music: 'You Have To Ask For It'

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

March 9, 2022

When Ann Wilson's career is over, she'll have a lot of accomplishments to look back on, from her status as one of the greatest voices in rock to the way she helped pave for other women in music.

Fortunately for all of us, Ann is not even close to playing her last show or making her last album, and she's also at a point where she can appreciate the progress the world has made over the past few decades.

In conversation with The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show, Ann was asked to reflect on how things have changed in the music industry since the peak of the '80s sex sells-era, where you'd be hard-pressed to find a female artist that wasn't marketed on her looks.

"That's always been the struggle, just to gain credibility," Ann noted. "To get credibility as women, you have to deserve it; you have to ask for it and need it."

Ann's battles over her own image with the music industry are well-documented. Those fights aren't over, but she can sleep at night knowing she's on the right side.

"They're still fat-shaming people in horrible ways. So it's come along, but it's not all the way there yet. It's good that it's been called out into the open," she explained. "...I can't describe how much it undermined my confidence for a while. When the touring of the '80s was done, when the '90s happened, it was a good time to go home and regroup and do some therapy (laughs). ...I'm at peace with it now."

Watch the full conversation via the player above!

Ann's new album, Fierce Bliss, arrives April 29. She'll hit the road in May to tour with her solo band. Get all the tour dates here.

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