Punk was arguably the first youth movement that accepted women as equals, and freed young girls to explore their own idea of themselves in music, fashion and art.
For the first time women fronted male bands on their own terms, and defied convention as to how they should look and what they sang about.
Women like Poly Styrene and Siouxsie Sioux were a new breed of singer who refused to dress and look pretty, and rather forced the music industry and the public to change their perceptions of female musicians.
Their songs were not about lost love or heartless men, but rather represented their own personal world view.
These so-called women of the new wave paved the way for the post punk movement, Ska Two-Tone with groups including The Specials and The Selecter.
They challenged racism and sexism through their music and lyrics.
Singer Pauline Black meets some of the women who were in the vanguard of that cultural revolution and asks what their legacy is for women today.
For X-Ray Spex frontwoman, Poly Styrene, it's knowing her own daughter has the confidence to do anything she wants in life, while for guitarist Viv Albertine of The Slits the legacy is better demonstrated through the work of artists Tracy Emin and Sarah Lucas.