There was typically room for only one "girl singer" on tours or television programs in the 1960s (though they were never the headliner or host) and record labels rarely released singles by two women at the same time. Country Aircheck publisher Lon Helton stated, "Since the 1960s program directors have been telling people not to play two women back-to-back. It has nothing to do with sexism. It has to do with the fact that through the years, you have had very few hits by women, so you want to spread them out a little bit because there are fewer of them".
Taken from an interview in the 1990’s, Faith Hill shared the story of how she “had one radio guy tell me there were too many female performers coming his way, and that he was going to have to cut some from his hour playlist, I said, ‘How many females do you play an hour right now?’ And he said, ‘One’”. Part of the induction process into the CMHOF, places a third of the criteria on the performers personal and professional reputation. This moves the criteria into a subjective realm that is difficult to measure. Inductions that are based around the character of the musical performer are based on preferences and criteria that the Country Music Association view as most important. Women who remain in the approved boundaries are celebrated and rewarded by the recognition of their work.
The CMHOF was established to help create and affirm a credible history for this genre of music. The subjective nature that goes into inducting musical performers allows the CMHOF, the Country Music Association and others, to craft a specific history. This specific history allows the country music industry to build a reputation that is deemed most important. This allows performers careers to not be accepted by the mainstream media and are not awarded by the award systems in place. Those that fit the narrative, which the country music industry has built, have strong, long-lasting careers. With the challenges regarding authenticity, a woman's personal life and radio airplay, the cards are stacked against women in the country music industry. Even with this information known, in the 2020 CMHOF inductees, 3 men were inducted, and women were again left behind. Understanding the history behind country music allows the audience to see the patterns and then demand change in the country music industry.