God, She Is A Woman!: 15 Female Empowerment Anthems To Add To Your Playlist

We all have our morning routines. Mine includes listening to my playlist that consists only of feminist anthems. 15 minutes of rocking out to these songs (often on the way to class) and I'm ready to face the day. I feel so powerful and no one can stop me. I need all of you to listen to some of these songs, whether you do that in the shower, during your commute, while working out, running to class...and tell me you don't feel like a woman! You deserve to feel empowered at all times. Because god is a motherf*cking woman and it's what she would have wanted.

1. Ariana Grande- God Is a Woman 

When Ariana released this song, it was the best thing that happened to me. I always knew god was a woman but I had to hear Ariana say it just to be sure. The iconic music video will be remembered for years. The song caused quite a bit controversy and that's how you know it's good.

2. Shania Twain- Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

This song is the best song to listen to before a girl's night out...or any time when you need to feel like a woman. Doesn't she look iconic in this outfit? The music video is supposed to be a role-reversed version of Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love". 

3. Kesha- Woman

"I'm a motherf*cking woman," Kesha sings in this female empowerment anthem. Try and not feel powerful while listening to this song, especially when Kesha goes: "Don't buy me a drink, I make my money Don't touch my weave, don't call me 'honey' 'Cause I run my shit, baby". That's the best part!

4. Demi Lovato- Confident

"What's wrong with being confident?" Demi Lovato asks. There's nothing better than seeing Demi confident. On those days where people are making you feel bad for being confident or when you need a little confidence boost, turn the volume up.

5. Bea Miller- Motherlove and S.L.U.T.

I love Bea Miller with all my heart and you should too. Motherlove is about a girl who decides to stay in and masturbate (or "motherlove" herself) instead of responding to a booty call to have some disappointing sex. Relatable, am I right? 

In S.L.U.T., which is an abbreviation for "Sweet Little Unforgettable Thing," Bea Miller is not unapologetic about loving herself. The song, full of self-love and body-positivity, was inspired by a hateful instagram comment. I think "I love my ass, I wanna shake it You can thank my mama 'cause she made it" is the best lyric ever.

6. Anna Wise- BitchSlut

"If I say no, I'm a bitch Say yes I'm a slut," sings Anna Wise, exposing the false dichotomy of bitch/slut. This song is all about giving patriarchy the middle finger. Listen to it when you feel fed up with the way things are.

7. Aretha Franklin- Respect

Oldie but goldie. Respect was groundbreaking when it came out in 1960s. Listen to this song when you feel like you're not getting the respect you deserve, which happens quite a lot, and you can channel your rage into dancing along. 

8. Janelle Monáe- Pynk

"'Cause boy, it's cool if you got blue We got the pynk," sings Janelle Monáe. This song is all about...vaginas! But it's also inclusive of women who don't have vaginas as you can see in the photo; the "vagina pants" in the music video are supposed to represent vulvas, everyone's is different and some women don't have one. I love listening to this song when I'm not feeling so great about my body.

9. Olivia King- Independent Woman

Listen to this song whenever you need a little boost to feel "perfectly fine on [your] own".

10. Meredith Brooks- Bitch

This 90s anthem is all about reclaiming the word "bitch". "I'm a bitch, I'm a lover I'm a child, I'm a mother...I'm nothing in between," sings Meredith Brooks. 

11. Gwen Stefani- Hollaback Girl

The song that taught us how to spell "bananas"...is also an empowering anthem. Listen to this song when you want to stomp your feet and give the middle finger to those who are annoying you. Also, Gwen's outfit in this video is a look.

12. Gloria Gaynor- I Will Survive

Remember, it's not cheesy if you're enjoying it! This song is all about surviving after a bad relationship. Listen to this song when you need to be reminded that you will survive after all. 

13. No Doubt- Just A Girl

"I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite So don't let me have any rights," sings Gwen Stefani in this song that is as sarcastic as it is a critique of patriarchal society. Listen to this song when you feel like you've "had it up to here". 

14. The Regrettes- Seashore

In the music video, the lead singer Lydia Night is the US president, a witch that gets burned at stake, and then a suffragette that protests and gets arrested. All the while she tells those who put her down to "go f*ck [themselves]". It is raw, angry, iconic, empowering and a song that you must add to your playlist. 

15. Beyoncé- Run The World (Girls)

Because no feminist anthem list would be complete without it. Queen Bey reminds us who runs the world in this iconic song. 


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