Loretta Lynn (née Webb; born April 14, 1932) is a multiple gold album American country music singer-songwriter whose work spans almost 60 years. She has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards from both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and individual artist. She remains the most awarded female country recording artist.
In 2002’s Still Woman Enough, she discusses her longtime friendship and support for Jimmy Carter, yet during the same time period she made her only recorded political donations ($4,300) to Republican candidates and Republican-aligned PACs. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. At other times, she has questioned both political parties: “Dear Uncle Sam” was written in 1966 during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration to “recount the human costs of the Vietnam War”, and she made a return to her live sets during the Iraq War under George W. Bush’s presidency.
While a recognized “advocate for ordinary women”, Lynn has often criticized upper-middle-class feminism for ignoring the needs and concerns of working-class women. She once stated, “I’m not a big fan of Women’s Liberation, but maybe it will help women stand up for the respect they’re due.” Along these lines, her music has spanned from “The Pill” and “Rated X” to more culturally-conservative gospel albums. She allowed PETA to use her song “I Wanna Be Free” in a public service campaign encouraging people not to chain their dogs outside.