Amy E. Canfield

You Don’t Own Me: Feminism, Femininity, and “Girl Groups”

The 1960s were a time of questioning authority, society, politics, and sexuality. Women were integral participants in this generational turmoil. In the 1950s, popular culture taught females “correct” roles of innocence and submissiveness. By the early 1960s, women began questioning these roles, questioning their sexuality, and questioning why their voices had been muted for so long. Examining early hits of girl groups and female singers reveals this questioning, and it also reveals the importance of women within the music industry, calling attention to the changing issues that were going to boil over with the feminist movement and the sexual revolution.