Dolly Parton: Female Music Stars Are Empowered
Dolly Parton has praised her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and dismissed concerns that women in the music industry are being exploited and sexualised.
The 68-year-old said female stars have become empowered and have made great leaps in society since she made the 1980 film, Nine To Five.
The film, starring Jane Fonda and Lisa Tomlin, is about three women triumphing over their sexist boss.
It comes after singer Annie Lennox criticised a "spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos" and accused record companies of "peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment", while Sinead O'Connor penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus following her routine at an awards ceremony.
But Parton called the Wrecking Ball singer "fantastic".
The singer, who will take to the stage at this weekend's Glastonbury Festival, told the Radio Times: "Women are taking their power and using it, and it's great. I've always used mine.
"I think women have been accepted a lot over the years. It has more to do with your attitude, your personality and your talent.
"Women have got a long way to go, but I really think we've made a lot of great strides since Jane Fonda starred in Nine To Five. I felt I was part of a whole new movement, especially in the workplace.
"Women still don't get as much credit, or equal pay, but there are a lot of wonderful women out there doing a lot of wonderful things."
She said of Glastonbury: "I've heard that people from all walks of life come to Glastonbury. I guess they smoke a lot of dope and drink a lot of booze, like most festivals, right?
"But then there's a lot of people that don't, they just come to listen to the music. Who cares, as long as they're having a good time?"