As a self-identifying intersectional feminist, I like to be pumped and ready to destroy sexism, transphobia, homophobia, etc. at all times. One of the best ways I’ve found is to listen to music. I, like many people, love to listen to music. Lately, I’ve been listening to some very empowering songs. I’ve realized that I can put women empowerment and activism in many forms. So, sit back and put on some earbuds while I share with you some of my favorite feminist songs. (Not in any particular order)
I’m not going to lie this song is such a jam. Lizzo is an amazing plus size African-American artist who empowers all women through her music. Many of her songs center around African-American culture, this is clearly displayed in her music videos and in her song “Coconut Oil” (another great song). She is very unapologetic with that way she looks since she is not afraid to feel beautiful and empowered event if she doesn’t fit into society’s standards of beauty. I would highly recommend her music if you’re every down in the dumps and want to boost your confidence.
2. Janelle Monáe
Hands down, Janelle Monáe is my black idol. For years she has been slaying everyone with her music, fashion, and activism. Over the past decade, her four albums have told the story of Cindi Mayweather and the droid revolution. She carefully crafted her music to reflect the racism many blacks face today as well as the sexism and hate black women face. She also continuously works to break gender and racial stereotypes. The song Q.U.E.E.N. itself is an acronym for “Queer community; Untouchables; Emigrants; Excommunicated; Negroid.”
Entire Lemonade Album
We all know that Beyoncé was bound to be on this list. For years Queen B has been a major idol to many different people. However, she pretty much broke the internet when she released her album Lemonade in 2016. This album was filled with empowering songs for the black community, especially black women. Other than that I don’t have much to say, you should just go and take a listen for yourself.
This is one of the most iconic songs. The Dixie Chicks, for those of you who don’t know, are one of the greatest coutry bands of all time. Many of their songs are filled with empowering lyrics, which wasn’t very welcome in the south. This particular song tells the story of Wanda and Mary Anne. After high school ended Wanda got married to Earl who began to abuse her. So after going to intensive care, Mary Anne and Wanda decided that they had to kill Earl. This is such a great and fun song that is quite frankly hilarious.
The final and probably best song on this list is this masterpiece by Pussy Riot. Pussy Riot is already an amazing group that has fought to have their voices heard. They are a feminist protest group from Russia. In their home country, free speech is oppressed which led three of their members to be arrested in 2012. Thankfully they are out and the leader of the group is continuing to make music and art as a form of activism.
There are so many more songs and artist out there who are fighting for equlity through their music and art, so please make sure to support them in their endeavours.