Aretha Franklin will be remembered as a civil rights activist, a leader in the women's movement, and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen of soul.
In her own words:
"I didn’t think my songs would become anthems for women. But I’m delighted. Women probably immediately feel compassion and relate to the lyrics. We can all learn a little something from each other, so whatever people can take and be inspired by where my music is concerned is great."
"My cousin once told me not to take other people so seriously. You know, she was right. Especially where men are concerned. And I don’t think women need to do anything other than what they’re doing right now, and that’s moving forward. Moving to the forefront. Moving into the executive offices. Moving into the areas that men have held captive. We’re coming."
Aretha Franklin, may you rest in peace.