The final lady crush! Dolly Parton’s profession has spanned music, films, a number of enterprise ventures and extra — and he or she’s proven no signal of slowing down.
“Well, I think [the power dynamic for women in music] has [shifted] to a great degree,” the “Jolene” songstress, 76, completely advised Us Weekly ahead of Women’s History Month whereas selling her Dolly Parton x Duncan Hines collaboration. “I just really think that it’s great that women are getting more chances now than they have been. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
“I’m always about empowering women,” the Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings alum advised Us. “One of the songs [on] the new Run Rose Run album is called ‘Woman Up and Take it Like a Man,’ you know, be as good as — or better than — [a man and] just woman up. If you wanna do it, you gotta do it, don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t, you don’t have to, you don’t have to, you know, be to anything or anybody.”
She continued: “We’re not trying to take over the world. We’re just trying to have an equal opportunity to do what we do, to be paid for what we do, [to] be appreciated and respected for what we do. So I’m all about that.”
While Parton famous that she doesn’t have to “march in the streets with a sign” to consider in female empowerment and get up for what’s proper, she defined that she prefers to encourage change by her music and the way in which she lives her life.
“I’d rather live an example [and] be an example … [because] it’s not my way to do that [and march], but I’m all about getting some power behind those gals and it always makes me so happy to see some woman or girl do great,” the 10-time Grammy winner advised Us.
The songwriter is a hugely impactful persona to many devoted fans, however she touts her mom, aunts and grandmothers as her personal greatest inspirations.
“My mother was my biggest fan, my biggest supporter, and even when I was little and started young, she’d make my little stage clothes and she would tell me, you know, ‘If you’re gonna be doing this now, you need to remember, like you said, to be true to yourself,’” she gushed about her mother, Avie Lee Owens, who died in December 2003. “So I always remember the things that Mama said. And even though she had 12 kids and got married [at], like, 15 years old, she still was very wise. … But she was also a very spiritual person. And so am I, so I lean a lot on God and [the] strength that comes from my spiritual life.”
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With reporting by Christina Garibaldi