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The three most influential women of the 20th century

Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey was named “Mother of the Blues.” She was nicknamed Ma Rainey because she married a minstrel performer she worked with. His nickname was Pa so she soon became Ma. Many performers now a days give themselves nicknames to be known by. Ma Rainey also had a very powerful voice with a certain growl to it. When her band performed “Kansas City Blues” and the microphone went out she was still able to be heard over the band playing. Her voice was so loud people could hear her outside of the tent. Ma Rainey’s growl also influenced others. Big Mama Thornton, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Hudson all have a growl much like Ma Rainey’s. Back in 1900 R&b was for African American country people. Since Ma Rainey could connect so well with her audience she was able to take R&B form the country and spread it around the whole nation.

Judy Garland

Judy Garland was an actress and singer. Back in Judy’s time actresses were not singers. Judy was one of the few actresses who could sing and could and was actually good at singing. Now we have movies where the actors sing with their true voices and not others. Judy Garland enjoyed what she did. “The roar of the crowd, that wonderful sound, is something I’ve been breathing for a very long time…..I love it”-Judy Garland. Judy truly did love her crowd. Entertainers today are always saying how much they love their fans which started with Judy Garland.


Madonna is a very famous singer. Madonna decided what she did in her business. Instead of having a record company owning her name like most did with entertainers back then. The record company also controlled what singers sang about, but not Madonna. She did what she wanted to do. Many people now a days decide what they want to do and how they do it thanks to Madonna. Madonna had a very crazy fashion style. Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Niki Manaj all have taken after Madonna’s crazy look. Madonna kept her crowd entertained with nonstop dancing. She also did many crazy music videos. Crazy music videos are a part of daily life.