Why is it almost every woman I know loves Kate Bush? Total absence of cock rock macho stylings is the first thing I thought of.
She's one of the many artists I've barely listened to. Might have to rectify that.
I think there's also something of the idea that because Kate Bush emerged almost preternaturally fully-formed as an artist, the male-dominated music industry didn't get the opportunity to 'mould' her as much as many female artists - she was one of the few female artists whose talent seems to have been respected in and of itself. Whereas the industry has forced so many women to change/modify themselves to fit a pre-packaged idea/l. Obviously within this the Dave Gilmour connection may have been an insulating factor too - don't know the history