The music business is notorious for being one of the most cut-throat industries out there. Despite this, women have broken barriers, overcome obstacles, and fought for their rightful seat at the table and on the charts. This didn’t—and still doesn’t—come easy though.
Male-led groups like The Beatles, The Monkees, The Jacksons, and more were at the forefront of the music industry in the 20th century, but the '40s, '50s, and '60s brought in a new wave of female-fronted music, with bands like The Chordettes and The Supremes stealing hearts and topping charts. This surge in popularity made a lasting impact on the female presence in the industry, and gave way to the formation of a plethora of girl groups across all genres.
The music business is no longer the boys’ club it once was. Today, thanks to the feats endured by their predecessors, girl groups like Haim, Little Mix, and BlackPink, exist in an entirely different industry. In celebration of Women’s History Month, L’OFFICIEL looks back on music’s most influential girl groups who contributed to the diversification of the industry and paved the way for today’s artists.