Music has been a source of fierce females for decades. There are singers who are amazingly, unapologetically feminism and sing with a political edge. There are female singers who focus on how to rediscover your fire and get through a breakup. But either way, they're focusing on how to be a strong women in a man's world— and not let the bastards get you down. They'll get you through heartache, feeling overlooked at your job, and pushed around in the world. Because so many singers have a heart of pure, badass girl power coming through in their lyrics.
So it doesn't matter if you love country or pop, R&B or oldies. Everyone from Aretha Franklin to Dolly Parton to Beyonce come out with some amazing girl power anthems. I mean, if you want to feel like you can take on the world and show 'em all just try listening to Working 9 to 5 on your next morning commute— I promise you, it's a game-changer. Try reaching out of your normal genre to draw on some of this amazing feminist power hidden inside a pop song or a country jam. Because it's the catchiest way to get a boost and remember that women can do any effing thing they want to.
"Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits."
"My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no, you need to let it go."
"Dear daughter, don't change for any man even if he promises the stars and takes you by the hand."
"R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me."
"Wave it in his face, tell him 'boy bye'."
"It took a long, long road to get here, it took a brave, brave girl to try."
"We will never be anything but loud!"
"If you're a strong female, you don't need permission."
"Who run the world? Girls."
"Girls like girls like boys do, nothing new."
"You call me a bitch like that's a bad thing."
"I'm so sick of being of being everything to everyone but me."
"Girls just wanna have fun."
"'Diva' is a female version of a hustler."
"You could be the king but watch the queen conquer."
"Don't belong to know man."
Did your favorite song make the list? Don't worry if not, there are so many incredible lyrics to choose from. I mean, there are a lot of effing songs out there and more badass female singer than I can even begin to count. But the most important thing is that they're out there, powering up women around the world and encouraging them to get out there and live their best life. So channel your inner 17 year old and get obsessive over favorite lyrics again. Come on, I know that your AIM Instant Messenger Profile was full of them, you're no cooler than the rest of us. Pull out these lyrics and remember how amazing they made you feel the first time you hear them— and get some of the girl power out in the world. Because with the current political climate, we're going to need them more than ever.
It's time to put on your favorite playlist and dance it out, because music is powerful. It's the anthems of revolution that keep the engines of change going. And it's never anything you should be afraid or embarrassed to embrace completely and unabashedly. That's what music is made for— so dive right in.