Miranda Lambert kicks off International Women's Day celebrating some of her own 'leading ladies'

'A big part of why we can stay strong is because we have a tribe, and we can lean on each other'

Helping us kick off International Women's Day and our Leading Ladies of Country month-long marathon, singer Miranda Lambert joined RADIO.COM's Kelly Ford this morning to speak about the important day today, March 8, and what we've got in store for Country music fans throughout the entire month of March.

One of our favorite leading ladies of the Country scene, Miranda not only talks the talk, but walks the walk every day when it comes to empowering and promoting all things female in her work and home life. "I'm just glad there's a whole month and day to celebrate extra," she tells Kelly about this special occasion.

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Looking back fondly on Lambert's 2010 single "The House That Built Me," Kelly wondered who the women in her life were that proved to be instrumental in building up the award-winning singer.

"Definitely my grandma and my mom," she explained without thinking. "And then my mom has these three best friends that I call my 'aunts,' kind of -- because that's what they are. I've been hanging out with them since I was a little wee child and I feel like they've helped shape me... I've watched them go through life and see them be strong together and sort of create their tribe. So, it's very inspiring."

When it comes to narrowing down a list of female artists who have been integral in Miranda's musical upbringing, that proved to be slightly more challenging. "The list goes on and on," Miranda says, "but to just name a few, obviously Tammy Wynette was one of those for me. The other day I was having a conversation with someone about 'Stand By Your Man...' about the content of that song. We both realized that she does say, 'after all he's just a man.' I was like, 'I never heard it that way, but Tammy knew. She was being encouraging, but she knew -- after all, he's just a man. Now, I hear that song in such a different way."

Songwriter Allison Moorer is also high up on Lambert's list. She "was one of those female songwriters that broke my heart for the first time, and I didn't know girls could do that. I just heard the pain in her voice."

"I think a big part of why we can stay strong is because we have a tribe and we can lean on each other," Miranda says pointedly. "You can't be strong every day, you can't be confident every day. There's doubts and insecurities, but I feel like when you surround yourself with other strong women who get you out of your funk and go 'you can do this,' that's the reason I think we can take over the world."

Throughout the month of March, RADIO.COM will be celebrating the Leading Ladies of Country music with special interviews and performances from some of the biggest female names in the genre -- all culminating with a virtual end-of-month concert event! Get full details right here and listen to your favorite Country music now on RADIO.COM.

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