5 Empowering 21st Century Songs for Women

5 Empowering 21st Century Songs for Women

We all have our doubts, fears, and worries, but these songs will recharge you to be more resilient and stronger. And hey, empowering songs by women, for women? There’s a lot to love.

1. “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera (featuring Lil Kim)

Let’s face it: Christina Aguilera has a lot of empowering songs, but “Can’t Hold Us Down” is special because it caters to the problem of sexism women face on a daily basis. Although feminism is rapidly growing popularity in society, it is still a surprisingly controversial topic. This song can help all feminists remember that they are not alone and that there are others who will shout out loud with them.

2. Video” by India Arie

It is hard for women to love themselves in this society, especially with the media constantly showing images of models we “should” look like. However, India Arie serves as model for millions of women when she sings: “I’m not the average girl from your video. And I ain’t built like a supermodel. But I learned to love myself unconditionally, Because I am a queen.”

This song became the anthem every woman wanted to believe in 2000 and still lives on today.

3. “Survivor” by Destiny Child

Lately Beyonce has received special accolades for her stance on feminism, but Beyonce has had feminist ideals for years. In fact, she wrote and produced the song “Survivor” when she was in Destiny’s Child. This song is especially relatable to every woman because we’ve all felt dependent on someone we want to break away from. The aggressiveness and assertiveness tone makes every woman want to keep fighting for as long as they live.

4. “Hard Out Here” By Lily Allen

Hard Out Here recognizes the everyday difficulties all women have to face. The song encourages women to stand up and go against what society expects of them and speak up for themselves no matter what others think. At the end of the day, we have to live for ourselves.

5. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera 

Time for a Christina Aguilera double feature! Aguilera has a repeated motif of empowerment in her music, but each of her songs is unique and made for a different purpose under this overarching theme. We’ve all have had people do us wrong, but instead of going with self-pity and self-doubt, we learn how to become better than ever from the feistiness, empowering lyrics, and awesome vocals of Christina Aguilera.

So the next time you think “I can’t” or “I’m not enough,” turn on one of these songs and remember that you are and you can!

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