Female empowerment is a hot topic in an age where feminism and talk about equality reign supreme. Women are afforded more rights than ever before, and it is important that they take advantage of this and feel empowered–whether in the work place or if they are a stay-at-home mom. This empowered playlist, which combines songs from today and years past, is for those women who need a little boost or encouragement, or need to remember to keep moving forward, no matter how tough the times are.
“Respect” by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin’s cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” is a classic and often considered a landmark moment in the feminist movement. Released during a time of political unrest from the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights Movement, many women were taking a stand but not being recognized for the work they were putting forth. “Respect” demanded the respect these women deserved for standing up for what was right.
Furthermore, the line “All I’m askin’, is for a little respect when you get home” captures the demand for respect women should be given in all areas of life, whether at home or in the workplace. This song is perfect to blare at full volume, screaming along to the lyrics when you feel disrespected or pushed to the side.
“Confident” by Demi Lovato
The most recent release on the list, Demi Lovato’s “Confident” asks “What’s wrong with being confident?” While we have come a long way socially, there are still those who view confident women as self-centered and self-absorbed. This track reminds women that there is nothing wrong with being confident, that “It’s time for [women] to take it” and that we can be the boss, no matter what anyone else says. There is nothing wrong with being confident, and anyone who believes a self-confident woman is complicated or not worth their time can move along, because we don’t need that negativity in our lives.
“Nothing in Between (B*tch)” by Meredith Brooks
This song examines the multifaceted nature of women. We are many things, and woman is only one of these titles. Often women are considered to be complicated, yet, at least to me, this idea comes from a society that thinks we are only one thing, one identity, rather than many. The chorus of this song begins, “I’m a b*tch, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother” and continues to list identities that can make up a woman. Brooks later sings, “You wouldn’t want it any other way,” meaning that if we changed, we would be ourselves, so it is important to take women as they are.
“Girl Power” by The Cheetah Girls
I’m sure some people will laugh at the inclusion of this song, but for many, this was the theme song for their childhood. I have distinct memories of my friends and I dancing and singing along to this song. The lyrics, “You better stand up if you know just who you are, Never give up, Never stay down” inspired me to be proud of myself and my identity as a girl and to never give up because I am a woman.
“I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy
This song is an oldie but a goodie. Originally a popular song for the women’s liberation movement, “I Am Woman” is a tribute to how far women have come over the years. With the famous line, “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman,” this song perfectly encapsulates female empowerment and what it means to be a strong, confident woman. Play this anytime you need to remember that you are strong and will not be oppressed.
“Superwoman” by Alicia Keys
Alicia Key’s “Superwoman” recognizes that every woman is a Superwoman, and that can be a taxing job. We look around and things continue to fall apart despite our best efforts. We sometimes aren’t respected for our efforts in the work place or told that staying at home isn’t considered a real job. Keys reminds these women that when faced with these thoughts, remember that they can do it, they can continue to push forward. The chorus sings, “Even when I’m a mess, I still put on a vest, with an S on my chest.” Even when we struggle we have to step up, believe in ourselves, and be the Superwoman we all are.
“This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride
Finally, the namesake of the article. This song is dedicated to celebrating beautiful women in all stages of life and enduring all different experiences. This is a song that has inspired me since I was a young girl. I listened to it and felt empowered and proud to be a girl. It encouraged me to dream my dreams, no matter how improbable, love with my entire heart, whether it was my first or last love, and love myself, always. Whenever I need a little boost, I listen to this song and remember that I am a strong woman who can achieve whatever it is that I set out to.
Next time you’re needing a pick me up, or some kick-ass-I-got-this music to jam to, hit up your M-powered playlist right here. We’ve got you Metiza girls!
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