Before Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert. Women had a voice in country music. A genre that for a number of years has been excluding women from radio play, instead relying on “bro country” which is just as gross as it sounds.
Ever, since the nineties there has been a decline in a female presence on country radio. A similar phenomenon has occurred in hip hop as well. The nineties were the peak of music sales for an industry that has been desperately trying to cope to it's new surroundings.
The nineties had a highlight of influential women on the country music scene.
Reba has been a staple on the country scene since the eighties. She reached her commercial peak during the nineties. Sporting multiple multiplatinum albums and bearing the cross of a touring band that were all killed in a plane crash. She's more then just a hit TV show.
Martina McBride has experienced a decline in popularity that most of the rest of these women have. She never reached the peaks of Faith Hill and Shania Twain, but she's been a steady source of quailty country music. Her biggest success came in 1997 with three times platinum Evolution. My personal favorite song by her is “Wrong Baby Wrong” a cut off her uncertified Shine album.
Shania Twain and her husband, Robert Mutt Lange found a winning formula in the nineties and they ran with it. She is the only artist to have three consecutive diamond certified albums. 1997's Come On Over having being certified 2x Diamond in the United States. It's also the best selling country album. Ever. She had quirky hits and massive albums and she was the original Taylor Swift for basic white girls like me to cling to. Personal favorite album has always been Up! and underrated single “She's Not Just A Pretty Face”, although she's probably best known for karaoke staples like “Man! I Feel Like A Woman”.
Feel free to comment with additional female singers, I didn't mention.