By Adam Lovinus
By Lilledeshan Bose
By Gabriel San Roman
By Rachel Mattice
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Daniel Kohn
By Nate Jackson
By Mike Seeley
Patti Smith was one of the only women who participated in the early NYC punk scene. Intense, strange and wolfish, she remains one of the best living songwriters.
Lydia Lunch was incredibly provocative and productive: She recorded music with several no-wavers and branched out into writing and acting.
Kathleen Hanna is an activist sprite who's largely responsible for Riot Grrrl, Le Tigre and mainstreaming (sort of) a fun electro-feminist paradigm.
Joan Jett was in the Runaways and the Blackhearts and now collaborates with a lot of new-school transgressors, like sex-punk Peaches.