14 songs to put the “POW” in empowerment for International Women’s Day

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It’s International Women’s Day on Friday March 8th.  While it’s always a good time to celebrate everything female, this year’s theme is #balanceforbetter – building a gender balanced world.  Since the music industry is very male dominated we thought it important to point out that some pretty awesome music was made by women. So find a song you like from our playlist, turn it up loud and feel the power!

Friday is more than just a celebration of women’s achievements – it’s also a nod to the past and the future of every strong woman’s legacy. You are a strong woman, I am one, and my daughter is one.  Your sister is one as well as your Mom.  It doesn’t matter where you’re going or where you came from, we are united in our sisterhood.  Don’t just celebrate your womanhood tomorrow, celebrate it every single day!

Below is our salute to strong women with our feminist playlist, songs by amazing women, songs we love to sing out loud, songs that reflect how we feel in love and life…


1962 – Dionne Warwick – Don’t make me over

Empowering line to remember:  Don’t pick on the things I say, the things I do, Just love me with all my faults, that way that I love you

1963 – Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me

Empowering Line to remember: You don’t own me, Don’t try to change me in any way, You don’t own me, Don’t tie me down ’cause I’d never stay

1965 – Nina Simone – Feeling Good

Empowering Lines to remember: It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life, For me, And I’m feeling good

1966 – Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin

Empowering Lines to remember: These boots are made for walking, And that’s just what they’ll do, One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you

1967 – Aretha Franklin – Respect

Empowering lines to remember: Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me), A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me), Whoa, babe (just a little bit), A little respect (just a little bit)

1969 – Jeannie Riley – Harper Valley PTA

Empowering Lines to remember: Well it happened that the PTA was gonna meet that very afternoon, And they were sure surprised when Mrs. Johnson wore her mini-skirt into the room

1975 – Loretta Lynn – The Pill

Empowering Lines to remember: This old maternity dress I’ve got, Is goin’ in the garbage, The clothes I’m wearin’ from now on, Won’t take up so much yardage, Miniskirts, hot pants and a few little fancy frills, Yeah I’m makin’ up for all those years, Since I’ve got the pill

1978 – Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

Empowering lines to remember: Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive, I’ve got all my life to live, And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive, I will survive

1981 – Joan Jett – Bad Reputation

Empowering Lines: I don’t give a damn, ‘Bout my reputation, I’ve never been afraid of any deviation, An’ I don’t really care, If ya think I’m strange, I ain’t gonna change, An’ I’m never gonna care, ‘Bout my bad reputation

1983 – Donna Summer – She Works Hard for the Money

Empowering Lines to remember: She’ll never sell out , She never will, Not for a dollar bill, She works hard

2001 – Destiny’s Child – Survivor

Empowering Lines: You thought that I’d be weak without ya, but I’m stronger.  You thought that I’d be broke without ya, but I’m richer.  You thought that I’d be sad without ya, I love harder.  You thought I wouldn’t grow without ya, now I’m wiser!  You thought that I’d be helpless without ya but I’m smarter

2003 – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves –  Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox

Empowering Lines to remember: Now this is a song to celebrate, The conscious liberation of the female state!  Mothers, daughters and their daughters too.  Woman to woman, We’re singin’ with you.  The inferior sex got a new exterior.  We got doctors, lawyers, politicians too.  Everybody, take a look around.  Can you see, can you see, can you see.  There’s a woman right next to you.

2010 – Pink – F**kin’ Perfect

Empowering lines to remember: Oh, pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel, Like you’re less than f**ckin’ perfect

2011 – Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Empowering lines to remember: My mama told me when I was young, We are all born superstars

Happy National Women’s Day beautiful women everywhere!  Do you have a feminist’s playlist? What songs are on your list?  Share with us in the comments section below!