Country legend Dolly Parton is celebrating International Women’s Day by taking to social media to encourage women everywhere. Parton jumped on Instagram Monday and recognized her female peers in the industry, including musician Linda Perry.
“Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all you fierce, beautiful, hardworking women ❤️ ,” Parton posted to Instagram Monday. “I’ve been lucky enough to have so many incredible women stand beside me over the years, including the wonderful @reallindaperry! There’s nothing we can’t do if we put our heart and soul into it!”
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry Are Friends
Perry has collaborated with singers like Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and, yes, Dolly Parton over the years. Rolling Stone described her as “an A-list songwriter and producer.”
The singer-songwriter worked with Parton on the soundtrack for the 2018 Netflix movie “Dumplin’.” And she shares Parton’s hard-charging work ethic.
“It still is the highlight of my career being able to stand next to Dolly and match her,” Perry told Entertainment Weekly in 2019. “This is a woman who has written hundreds of songs. Who has been in this business and gives 100 percent, all the way. I have never met anyone with a work ethic like mine, and we matched there. Time or breaks or food were never discussed. I just don’t stop and it was really refreshing to see someone who is like that, who isn’t me.”
Parton Doesn’t Usually Write Songs With Other People
As for Parton, she confessed in 2018 that Perry was the first female producer she had ever worked with over the course of her career. The two of them managed to write, compose and record six original songs over just three days together.
“When we got together to write a theme song, lordy, songs just kept coming out of us,” Parton told a small audience at a film industry event, per EW. “I really connected with her musically because I have a raw feeling about me and my growing up and the way that I see music. And sometimes it doesn’t always show. You kind of lose things through the years or trying to be commercial or be too sleek for this event. But when I met Linda, we started writing these songs and it felt so real to me, so raw.”
Parton told The Hollywood Reporter that she and Perry “clicked like you wouldn’t believe.” Parton doesn’t usually share songwriting duties with other people, she said. But she made an exception for Perry. And she’s clearly glad she did. The two female musicians have remained friends ever since.
Parton Is Also Friends With Former Co-Stars
Parton has also maintained a friendship with her former “9 to 5” co-star Jane Fonda. According to Wide Open Country, beyond acting together in the movie, the two have also gone on tour together. They’ve gotten drunk on moonshine together. And they’ve defended each other to their different respective audiences.
When Fonda got invited to Dollywood to appear as a celebrity guest, Parton realized the outspoken actress still stirs strong reactions among some people. Fonda became known as “Hanoi Jane” for her activism against the Vietnam War and, in particular, for her 1972 tour of North Vietnam, in which she denounced U.S. policy toward Vietnam.
“I understand how these people feel, but I also know Jane as a sincere person, a very professional woman, and a special, special girl,” Parton later wrote.
And for her part, Fonda spoke up for Parton during an appearance on A&E’s “Biography.” She said she’s never seen anything like the devotion that Parton’s fans have for Parton.
“Through her songs, she opens her arms wide and embraces such a broad swath of people that don’t always feel seen and it’s why people love her,” Fonda explained.
Parton obviously appreciates her fans. And in fact, chances are she’s spending International Women’s Day working away to churn out more music for them.