In an interview with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Jack White has spoken about gender disparity in music.
“I know that when we had The White Stripes, the fact that Meg was female had something to do with people’s perception of what was going on onstage,” said White.
“When you have all-female acts or female front people, there’s a different perception. It’s sort of a real shame that if a woman goes on stage with an instrument – a guitar or drums or something – that it’s almost a novelty to people, like ‘Oh isn’t that cute?’
“The ultimate shame of it is that girls have to work twice as hard to really prove themselves”
“But in the end you get something better than any other run-of-the-mill male musician, because they’re really putting it into proving what’s going on there a lot of the time, because they’re put in a position where they have to.”