Today is International Women’s Day and to recognize its importance, Step On presents you with a photo gallery of some of the finest ladies in the music business that we have had the pleasure not only to listen to and watch perform, but to photograph while they work their magic.

The women featured include Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event, Orianthi Panagaris, guitar player for Alice Cooper, Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Yuki Chikudate of Asobi Seksu, Basia Bulat, Jesse Crowe of Beliefs, Heidi Shepher and Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies, Aine McGrath of Butterfly Explosion, Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Juliana Hatfield, Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Katrina of Katrina and the Waves, Lykke Li, Miranda Mulholland of Great Lake Swimmers,  Melissa Auf der Maur, Martha Wainwright, Emily Haines of Metric, Bilinda Butcher and Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine, Gillian Gilbert of New Order, Swaan Miller of Nightmare Air, Rowetta of Happy Mondays, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Jackie Game of Programm, Sia, Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches, Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes, Katharine Wallinger of The Wedding Present, Janelle Monáe and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff.

All photos by Dave MacIntyre