We all have those songs we listen to when we need a confidence boost before a presentation or when we want to walk into school feeling like a bad***. These five songs are not only written by amazing women, but are also perfect for empowering yourself.
“S.L.U.T.” from chapter three: yellow by Bea Miller
Bea Miller does an incredible job of showcasing the importance of self-love as well as the impact of the word slut. Bea Miller approaches the topic of slut-shaming head on, and the catchy chorus allows the audience to remember a new meaning of the word that’s been held against women for decades. With lyrics including, “Know that I’m not sorry, I’m just loving my body,” this song is a must-have for when you need some body-positivity or self-love.
“Do U Dirty” from SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
Kehlani is known for being a “rule-breaker” in music (a title recently awarded to her by Billboard), and this song is no exception. Instead of showing a relationship where a woman compromises her wants, Kehlani does the opposite, stating exactly what her needs are for it to work. With the words, “And I don’t care to do the dishes, I ain’t no wifey, ain’t gon’ hold you down,” she stomps on misogyny and makes it clear that she won’t be tied to stereotypes. By breaking these gender roles, she sets a standard for every woman in a relationship to put themselves first.
“Don’t Play” from hopeless fountain kingdom by Halsey
Halsey makes moving on from a relationship and hyping yourself up incredibly easy with this song. Her direct lyrics make you feel invincible when walking down the street. Not only does she address the fact that leaving a past relationship made her a better person, the simple lyric “Women don’t play no games” shows what the song truly is about — how amazing women really are. Screaming these lyrics is a sure-fire way to boost your mood.
“Pretty Girl” by Maggie Lindemann
This pop-oriented bop effortlessly shows that celebrities are real people and shows the multi-faceted side of women. Women can be intelligent, funny and beautiful all at the same time! Celebrities, especially, are held to this standard of there only being one side to a woman, and Maggie challenges this and the patriarchy by saying, “Sometimes it’s hard for me to show that I’m more than just a title or a comment going viral. There’s more to me than people know.” This is a song you can get ready to and listen to for that motivation to study.