Jennifer Nettles Pens Feature for “Glamour” on Country Radio’s Gender Disparity

photo by Curtis Hilbun,

Jennifer Nettles turned a lot of heads when she walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards in November.

The Grammy-winning artist made a fashion statement that endeavored to highlight country radio’s gender disparity by wearing a white Christian Siriano pantsuit with a red cape that was inscribed by artist Alice Mizrachi with the words “Play our f*@#in records please and thank you.”

Jennifer’s ensemble gained a lot of traction on social media and from a number of national media outlets, including USA Today.

On Jan. 9, Jennifer penned an essay for that explains how her red-carpet outfit came together and why #EqualPlay should matter to everyone—not just musicians.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Jennifer’s essay:

“For women in country music, what happens is that even out of that 16% who are being played, the average female is 29 years old. For men, the average mean age in that group is 42. That says a lot about what we value socially—the pressures that are put on women in terms of ageism and beauty. It also tells me that women aren’t offered the same support to be able to continue their careers.”

Read Jennifer’s entire essay here.

photo by Curtis Hilbun,

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