RALEIGH, N.C. — Calling all country music fans!
"The Power of Women in Country Music" will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of History until April 2. The price has been recently reduced to $10 for adults, $5 for college students and free for kids in an attempt to make it as accessible as possible.
If you ask Michael Ausbon, the decorative arts curator at the N.C. Museum of History, who his favorite female country singer is, he doesn’t have to think too hard.
“I absolutely love country music. Of course, my idol is Dolly. I've always said that before I died, I wanted to work with Dolly. As of yet, that hasn't happened. But it still can,"Ausbon said.
Dolly Parton is just one of the artists featured in the exhibit, filled with clothes on loan from the Grammy Museum.
It shows the history of women who forged their way into a world men ruled for years.
“Everybody knows Hank Williams and his son Hank said that there was no place in country music for a girl. So that's what women were battling when they started this," Ausbon said.
History has proven Williams’ quote woefully incorrect.
Whether it was writing their own lyrics for other females or making a statement with their clothing, Ausbon says each one made it a little easier for the next woman to succeed.
"You don't find that in male musicians and male country stars, but you do with women. And all these women knew they had hurdles to cross and battles they needed to fight. And they really didn't do it alone," Ausbon said.
There are items on display from Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swfit, Shania Twain and many more.