A Feminist Guide to Country Music

Wanda Jackson — “My Big Iron Skillet”

Rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson was the first woman to break out on her own in the early rock ‘n’ roll days, singing alongside Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Most of her songs have an edge to them (see: “Fujiyama Mama”), but “My Big Iron Skillet” is about a woman fed up with her husband’s philandering and mistreatment of her. Not that we condone beating your spouse with a skillet, obviously, but it shows a woman standing up for herself, and that’s a thing we can support.