they are so inspirational and strong willed women


Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock.  Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. 

Taylor Swift groping unsettling? Country music biz has mistreated women for decades

Brad Schmitt and Cindy Watts | 
The Tennessean Updated 1 minute ago

Taylor Swift’s blunt testimony last week was jarring.

“It was a definite grab…. A very long grab. He grabbed my a– underneath my skirt,” Swift said of former radio personality David Mueller. A Denver jury ruled Monday that he assaulted her at a meet-and-greet photo op in 2013.

Whoa. That’s stomach turning.

Surely, that doesn’t happen in the world of family-friendly country music. Surely, a kinder, gentler Music Row consistently treats women with warmth and respect, right?


Several female veterans in the country music industry said this week there is a culture of mistreating women in the genre.

They all stress that only a small number of men — at radio stations, record labels and recording studios — engage regularly in sexual harassment or abuse. But many others turn their heads when they see it.

“This has been going on for decades, but women have been too afraid to speak out until now because it would mean kissing their careers at radio good bye,” said Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry and a former senior vice president at major Nashville record label UMG.

“Unfortunately, there are a few bad eggs who use their influence and power to exploit women,” Keel said. “It’s alive and thriving in the music industry in 2017.”

Artists Lari White, Angaleena Presley and Meghan Linsey, and former longtime record label executive Shelia Shipley Biddey also said they’ve experienced or witnessed mistreatment of women.

“Oh Lord, yes, I’ve seen it,” said White, a ’90s country star with hits Now I Know and That’s My Baby.

“I encountered on a regular basis rude comments and sexual innuendo and cat calls and overt sexual propositions in professional settings.”

The abuse takes several forms.

The first, like in Swift’s situation, are men in radio who proposition or touch female artists or make sexual jokes around them.

“Sadly, this probably happens way more than anyone knows,” said Biddey, who added artists rely on radio stations to add their songs to playlists.

“Most of these programmers are powerful and control the chart. They know a label and artist have to come back to them over and over again for that favor or weekly add if they want their single to go up the chart.”

Abuse also can come at the hands of record label execs or album producers who can make or break young artists’ careers.

Presley — a solo artist and also member of country trio Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert —  had a run-in with a radio rep from her own record label after she’d lost some weight.

Presley asked him why he hadn’t pushed her songs to radio a couple of years before then.

“Staring at my breasts, he said, ‘Well, you didn’t look like this back then,’” she emailed.

Keel, co-founder of Music Row women’s coalition Change the Conversation, mentors a budding artist in her 20s who found herself in a terrifying situation this year while recording music.

“The producer dropped his pants in the studio and said suggestive things,” Keel said.

Linsey, a 2015 contestant on NBC's The Voice, posted on her personal Facebook page last year that she was groped by a music industry executive in 2010 when she was in a country duo with her then boyfriend, reported.

“When I was touring with Steel Magnolia in 2010, a very powerful man in the music business grabbed up my skirt. He was groping me and proceeded to try to pick me up by my a– on a bus in front of a lot of important people,“ she wrote.

“I was mortified and told him not to touch me and to put me down.”

Linsey wrote that both her manager and her record label chief told her to keep it to herself and not complain or report the assault.

“Men have done far worse things to me in the past, but this was the first time I was told I couldn’t say anything because of how it would affect my career,“ she posted.

"Because of how powerful he was, he could do anything he wanted to me. If I wanted to have a singing career, then I had to let him grab me wherever he wanted and he was allowed to threaten me.”

Several of today’s top women country stars, through their publicists, declined to comment for this story.

The women who are speaking out hope Swift will inspire other artists to expose abuse.

“Taylor is a strong young woman willing to stand her ground on what happened,” Biddey said.

“I’m proud of her. Most women don’t have the luxury of telling their story in a public forum.”

Keel called Swift’s testimony and countersuit “a huge first step.”

“I hope it’ll encourage other women to come forward. It’s not about naming names, it’s about describing a situation that exists. So that going forward, men will know it’s not ok, and they will get in trouble if it happens.”


“(I was) a young up-and-coming country artist with a couple of hits… out on a radio tour with the executives of my record label and going to visit the program director at one of the biggest radio stations in the country.

"I’m the only female in the group, and we’re all standing in the program director’s office about to go to a lunch. And the first thing this program director does, is tells this joke about gang rape and how much the female subject of the joke was enjoying it.

"As a young woman, it made me cringe all over. At the same time, I didn’t laugh, but I didn’t say, ‘You’re an a–hole…. 

"The head of my record label and my manager were standing there chuckling nervously … grins on their faces, knowing ‘I shouldn’t be laughing at this, but this guy controls my next 150 adds.’ They were victims, too….

"But I experienced it as a woman. A guy can’t fathom this abysmal lack of humor in a gang rape.”

Carrie Fisher:

You were an amazing person. To say so in past tense seems like doing you a disservice, because your influence and your words and your mark upon the world will live on long, long after your physical form has left us.

You were an inspiration. You were a strong willed woman in science fiction in a time when that was practically groundbreaking. You inspired so many girls. Girls and women, and you were there for all of them. You didn’t hide behind the fact that you’ve hurt and lost and struggled with your life. You did not hide mental illness from the world or the injustice you have suffered, and you were an inspiration.

You grew up into such a different world than when Star Wars first came out. But you rocked it. You became our Queen, our General, the shining beacon of hope that so many needed.

The world is lesser for the loss of you. I hope, because that was something that you tried to help all of us have, I hope, that your presence in the world inspires someone who can do everything you always tried to and more.

You are one with the Force. The Force is with you.

Rest in Peace.