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Heart’s Nancy Wilson celebrates her birthday today (March 16), and it goes without saying that she and Ann Wilson together broke down tremendous gender barriers and helped opened the door for women in rock.

As part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit, Nancy sat down and talked about holding a guitar for the first time and the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated rock world.

In the time since Heart’s debut (and the band’s induction into the Rock Hall in 2013), it’s safe to say that countless women owe a big “Thank You” to Nancy and Ann.  Who knows what the musical landscape would be without them?

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