Most bands are "dude bands", but they’re never labelled as such. But bands made up of women who are even better than the boys (Sleater-Kinney!) are deemed “all-girl bands” and are marked with descriptors like “cute,” “well-dressed” and “shreds well for a girl.” Just the term “all-girl band” rather than “band” shows us just how far we have to come for gender equality in rock music.
That’s where the Rock 'N’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon comes in. Started in 2001 and open to girls ages 8 to 18, the camp brings in huge stars like Mirah, Carrie Brownstein and The Gossip to lead workshops and gives girls the tools to start rock bands of their own. You can read about how the camp empowers young rockers in the book about it called Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and Rock Out!