Taylor Hill/Getty Images In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and thanks to that achievement, TIME magazine has chosen to profile the Queen of Soul for its FIRSTS project, which salutes 46 “women who are changing the world.” Aretha is included on the list as “The Singer.”

In the accompanying article, Franklin reflects on the influence her music has had, noting, “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.”

Regarding the contributions women have made to the music business, Aretha says they “have done well,” with the exception of executive positions.

“We have not had a female executive run any major label in the U.S. or anyplace else that I know of right now,” she points out.

As for what she feels her fellow females need to do to make further progress, Franklin maintains, “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 areas that men have largely held captive. We’re coming.”

Other notable women profiled for TIME‘s FIRSTS feature include Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, Madeleine Albright, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Rita Moreno, Nancy Pelosi, Shonda Rhimes and Serena Williams.

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