Let's get one thing straight: A person's capacity to produce good music has nothing to do with gender. Unfortunately, the male-dominated music industry tends to suggest otherwise; sexist commentary is prevalent and female musicians are usually placed in an entirely different category than their male counterparts.
This is a problem because the focus shifts away from the talent and gender takes precedence. In other words, female musicians are deemed secondary. It's no wonder musicians are offended by the "girl band" label. Alana Haim, of the band Haim, once told Elle, "So I just see us as a band. When people call us a girl band, I take it as an insult—being a girl in a band shouldn't be a thing. It seems so medieval."
That said, female musicians work twice as hard to be recognized and respected in the industry, and those efforts should be acknowledged and celebrated. That's why we compiled a list of our 15 favorite drummers. From Bloc Party's Louise Bartle to The Big Moon's Fern Ford, we've got you covered. These girls will make you want to bang some sticks against a drum kit.
Check them out in the gallery, below.
Venzella Joy Williams
When she was 10 years old, Venzella Joy Williams got a drum kit for Christmas and started practicing for six to eight hours a day. Her hard work definitely paid off because nowadays she's touring the world with Beyoncé. "For years and years, I dreamed of playing with Beyoncé. I would even go as far as taking time to study her records so when the time came I would be prepared," Williams told NBC News. Things started picking up for the young drummer when she did a reality show called Making The Band in 2009. There, she met Beyoncé's music director, Derek Dixie, and the two kept in contact. In addition to rocking out with Queen Bey, Williams also makes her own music and released her soulful single "Moonlight" in June.