I didn’t participate in the Women’s March on Denver today. I could write a lot about my reasons for not going, but the bottom line is that today I felt moved to create and share a playlist of girl power songs that give me hope for the future- and will help keep me strong as I continue to both raise my public voice in support of women, and persevere to raise strong women at home. I am VERY thankful for every woman that marched today so that I am able to stay home and write this article in a different show of support. Regardless of political climate, our girls and women need a sisterhood- and when I am feeling hopeless I can turn on the stereo and blast these girl power songs to give me the strength I need to fight the good fight. Here are my favorite five songs that promote girl power, and a quick explanation of what they mean to me. You can find the complete playlist by subscribing to my You Tube Channel Pura Vida Moms. (Please note that these song lyrics and videos are not all appropriate for young children.)
Tracy Chapman- Talkin’ About A Revolution (affiliate)
I love this song for so many reasons- Tracy’s voice is incredible, I love the acoustic guitar, and when the song kicks up to the bridge I find myself singing at the top of my lungs. But I really love this song as a girl power ballad because of the line “Talkin’ about a revolution- it sounds like a whisper.” It reminds me to keep my revolutionary spirit in even the smallest moments– be acknowledging those around me in public, by reminding my girls how important it is for them to be bilingual, and by killing it as my authentic self when I dance at Zumba. Every thing that I do as authentically me are a bit of a revolution; a bit of a rebel spirit against the status quo.
Ani DiFranco- 32 Flavors (affiliate)
I was introduced to this song in high school- I was part of a dance troupe that did a routine to this song. We were a powerful bunch of feminist ideologists, but at 16 years old a person embraces girl power in a very different manner than I do now. My favorite line is “Squint your eyes and look closer, I’m not between you and your ambition.” This lyric is the embodiment of girl power- challenging the idea that as women, we must reject our natural inclination to assume that we are in constant competition with one another. We must instead look at each other as amazing human beings- beings who need to be lifted up through the power of sisterhood because there is room for all of us at the table.
Pink- Don’t Let Me Get Me (affiliate)
This song was an anthem of mine in college- a reminder that every one of us has a negative inner self talk. I love how Pink owns her own mistakes through this song by sharing her self-hatred in a cheeky song that pushes against the established norms that in order for her to be successful she must act like a stereotypical pop star. It’s a good reminder to all of us that “I’m my own worst enemy”- and to get out of our own way and to allow ourselves to flourish and reach our full potential. (For more info on this idea, check out my friend Cory Katuna’s free ebook from iPEC)
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire (affiliate)
Alicia Keys is a huge inspiration to me because not only is she an incredibly talented singer/songwriter, a mother, and very intelligent and well-spoken, but she also unapologetically strives to be her true, authentic self. She has recently embraced her natural beauty by wearing her hair naturally and rejecting makeup- even while smashing it on The Voice. I love the line in the song that states “Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame, So bright, she can burn your eyes, Better look the other way.” To me, this lyric embodies one of my favorite things about powerful girls- that when we get on a mission to do something, we burn. It’s lead, follow, or get out of our way– and Alicia Keys identifies that amazing female characteristic in the way that only she can.
Aretha Franklin-Respect (affiliate)
Aretha Franklin was a girl power pioneer. Anyone who has seen her perform knows that she can hold her own on stage- and she does not back down in the face of adversity. Aretha lived in a completely different time than we do today- but so many of the messages in this song are still relevant today, making her song timeless- and also highlighting just how far we still have to go to ensure that women and men have equal rights. “All I’m askin’ is for a little respect when you get home.”
Make sure to check out the full Girl Power Women’s March on Washington playlist on our You Tube playlist– it includes songs by Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera, the Dixie Chicks and more. Please note that this post contains affiliate links that help us fund Pura Vida Moms- thanks for your support!
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