The women who made punk rock what it was and what it is and continues to be are celebrated here today, International Women's Day.
The awesome Penelope Houston fronting The Avengers from San Francisco, in this clip from 1978, shot at LA's prime punk pit, The Masque.
Ivy Rorschach of The Cramps
Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders
Joan Jett who, if she is not your hero, should be, and let's not forget Cynthia Ross on the left side of the photo, like Joan, still rocking today.
LA's own Pandoras who led the first wave of the garage revival in the 80s.
I am including Margaret Saadi Kramer, pictured below with her husband, Waye Kramer, a founder of Detroit's MC5, who along with The Stooges and The Velvet Underground inadvertently laid the groundwork for punk rock. Margaret and Wayne carry the DIY torch. Check out their Jail Guitar Doors program. (Yes, the Clash song... they wrote it for and about Wayne)
Punk rock and the world, for that matter, are full of women who make a difference. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Spread the word.