Janis Ian. A lot of the reason I can do much of what I do today is because of what Janis Ian did long before anyone had any real understanding that vast paradigm shifts were afoot or that a future was burgeoning in feminism and computer technology. In my case, when I was young few women spoke, wrote or sang taking the kinds of risks that Janis took. She created more room for women like me. Timid women with deep thoughts with no where to put them; women who needed more permission than a tool box.
Some will only remember Janis Ian as a singer/songwriter for her hits like "At Seventeen" and "Societies Child" but if you have been wandering around the peripheries of the Music Industry or read science fiction (to name only a few niches she has established herself in) you would understand what an icon of strength, vision and conviction she is. The power in her understated performance on Tea And Sympathy in the video below is breathtaking and she still records and tours handling an audience like they are intimate and beloved playthings.
So when I say "I can because Janis did" it is because she laid the groundwork for a lot of the liberties women take for granted these days. I shoot my mouth off now and write what is on my mind and I blame her....but not, of course, for my poor aim. So it is Janis Ian in June. No music widget that I could find, sadly, but...she certainly has a great website with a listening room available.