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Carrie Underwood Believes Women Still Have a Long Way to Go in Country Music

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Country music boasts strong, talented and intelligent female stars, but it’s still a largely male-dominated genre — and Carrie Underwood thinks women still have a long way to go to catch up.

“I would love to see that a little more equaled out, but it will happen,” Underwood tells CMT Radio regarding the male-dominated charts. “We’ll get there.”

The superstar has had her share of No. 1 singles, which includes her latest ‘See You Again’ — her 18th chart-topping track. But Underwood is largely alone in a sea of successful country crooning men.

Of the Top 25 songs on Billboard’s country chart, females Taylor Swift and Cassadee Pope have secured spots (at No. 21 and 25, respectively). Then, the only other female voices on the chart are collaborations: Miranda Lambert’s duet with Keith Urban, ‘We Were Us’ is at No. 16, while Blake Shelton‘s ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ with guest vocals by Pistol Annies is at No. 19.

Underwood isn’t the only one who thinks that it’s sometimes tough for women to shine in country music. Luke Bryan admits that women often get shorted in the genre, adding that he finds it disappointing that the landscape of country is just more difficult for women.

Thankfully, there are talented women like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn who have paved the path for other female artists, and Underwood looks to their example. “I think it took all those people to pave that for us,” she says. “I still think we have a long way to go.”

Although women in 2013 are still fighting to rule the charts, artists like Underwood, Swift, Musgraves and Lambert won’t back down without a fight. And, with their tenacity and talent, they very well may end up ahead sooner rather than later.

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