Dolly Parton: Singer-Songwriter, Beloved-Icon, Needle-Mover

For over 50 years, Dolly Parton has been flipping the script on how women are portrayed in country music. If you ask her about it, though, she’ll just giggle and say she writes about the things she knows about — that matter.

Words by LaKay Cornell. Illustration by Meaghan Elderkin.