A Feminist Guide to Country Music

Jeannie C. Riley — “Harper Valley P.T.A.”

If you want a good country-pop anthem about sticking it to the powers that be, you’ll hardly do better than Jeannie C. Riley’s relentlessly catchy and witty “Harper Valley P.T.A.” The story goes like this: teenage girl gets note from teacher informing her mother that she dresses too scandalously, mom goes into PTA meeting and causes a ruckus by tearing down every one of the members there for their double standards.