Here at Sound Of Pen, we believe diversification in rock music is immensely important – and since International Women’s Day is coming up this Friday, we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate some of our favourite bad-ass female musicians. There’re countless talented women we could choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to five spread out over the course of the week. So, without further ado…

1. Hayley Williams

When Paramore started its tumultuous life in 2004, Hayley Williams was a misunderstood teenager with a colossal dream and the talent to match. Over a decade and lots of hair dye later, she’s established herself as a global icon of fearless self-expression and a seemingly eternal source of creativity and inspiration. When struck with the setbacks Williams has faced in her career and personal life alike, others would be knocked down for the count. With true defiance, Williams continuously picks herself back up, learns from the past and comes out swinging. Unafraid to speak her mind, she exposes uncomfortable issues and haunting emotions through her music, staying true to herself while simultaneously exploring what it means to be a frontwoman in the twenty-first century.

Through this journey, Hayley Williams has doubtlessly inspired countless numbers of equally fearless women to fight for their dreams, spearheading the transformation and diversification of our music scene.