When Maren Morris discovered she'd notched her first No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart in a lead role (for "I Could Use a Love Song," from her debut LP Hero), the singer took the opportunity to chat about female empowerment and how women are currently making strides in entertainment.

In an interview with Billboard, Morris pointed out that, despite her achievement, women are still woefully underrepresented at country radio. She also noted that she is a supporter of the current climate encouraging women to speak up and out.

"I am a huge backer of the Time's Up movement," she said. "I feel fortunate that in my own life I have not had huge problems. But don't get me wrong, I have certainly had my own share of struggles over the years. You see stuff in the music industry too, and I think what is coming out of all these conversations is that it's making people double-check themselves. That's a good thing."

Morris certainly herself is not afraid to use her voice when needed. When asked about her fearless ability to take on social media trolls, Morris said, "I am hoping that by stating a clear, strong message on social media that we're not taking this kind of stuff anymore, it will be seen by women and that it would encourage them to take charge when it happens to them.

"Basically, I try to live by the Golden Rule and treat people respectfully. I'm just really over the way some people have no problem acting disrespectful and shaming women."

Morris is additionally earning cred outside of the country genre. In addition to her well-recieved single with pop star Niall Horan of One Direction, Morris is featured on a new Zedd track with EDM duo Grey called "The Middle."  She will be attending the upcoming 2018 Grammy Awards (Sunday, Jan. 28), where she is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for "I Could Use a Love Song."

Maren Morris Stands Up for Women in Music

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