Women belong at home to cook, clean and take care of children. They cannot work or doing anything as well as men. If they do work, they can only maintain jobs such as secretaries, maids and teachers. If a woman dresses too conservatively, she is boring and overlooked. If she dresses sexy, she is slutty and demeaning.
These are just a few of the stereotypes women must hear way too often. Women are deemed unworthy and incapable in the eyes of many.
The media today portrays women as a damsel in distress who needs a man to rescue her or love her, or simply use a female for her body for the man to love and admire. It is rare to see a powerful female in the spotlight without needing the help of a man.
It can be a vicious cycle. Not only do we see these negative portrayals and stereotypes in the media but also at home. Young ladies feel pressure by grandparents and parents to find the right man to marry and settle down with due to old-time customs. Women are still not taught they are perfectly capable to take care of themselves.
Many powerful female celebrities such as Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani use their talents to be an inspiration to all the young ladies. Through their music, they are able to express how powerful women can be.
The fight for equality is not over. It may seem as if there is equality in the government’s eyes since women can now vote, work, and join the army but women are still not seen with the same respect as men.
Just because Women’s History Month has come to an end this year does not mean the recognition of female empowerment ends as well. Here is a list of 10 female empowering songs to always remind you of women’s ability.
No Doubt- 'I'm Just a Girl'
No Doubt lead singer, Gwen Stefani has had enough with the main stereotype of what people believe woman should do- stay at home and be a passive wife.
“This world is forcing me to hold your hand/ ‘Cause I’m just a girl, little ‘ol me/ Don’t let me out of your sight/ I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite/ So don’t let me have any rights”
Alicia Keys- 'A Woman's Worth'
A woman's worth is more than buying material things; it's knowing she is worth your time and love.
“Not just dough but to show that you know she is worth your time/ You will lose if you choose to refuse to put her first”
Aretha Franklin- 'Respect'
Aretha Franklin spells it out for you. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, she knows what it means and demands it. Women do a lot at home and people don't recognize the amount of hard work they put into to keep the house clean and food on the table. And all she asks for in return is a little respect.
Beyoncé- ‘Run the World (Girls)’
Who runs the world? Girls! Since women had the role of staying at home to cook, clean and take care of children, many did not seek out education. Now, Beyoncé raises a glass for all the ladies with an education ready to take over the world.
“I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world/ Help me raise a glass for the college grads”
Christina Aguilera- ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’
The lyrics say it all:
“This is for my girls all around the world who have come across a man that don't respect your worth/ Thinking all women should be seen not heard/ So what do we do, girls, shout louder/ Lettin' 'em know we're gonna stand our ground/ Lift your hands higher and wave 'em proud/ Take a deep breath and say it loud/ Never can, never will, can't hold us down”
Destiny's Child- 'Independent Women'
Women are capable of taking care of themselves and no longer need to be in a relationship for a man's support. DC sings out to all the independent women who seek an equal relationship.
“Try to control me boy you get dismissed/ Pay my own fun, oh and I pay my own bills/ Always 50/50 in relationships”
Whitney Houston- 'I'm Every Woman'
Whitney sings this anthem for all the strong woman who are able to do it all; they can take care of their loved ones, support them, and make the best of everything.
Shania Twain- ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman'
Shania Twain sings against all the expectation of women and to simply let loose and feel like a woman.
"We don't need romance, we only wanna dance/ We're gonna let our hair hang down/ The best thing about bein' a woman/ Is the prerogative to have a little fun"
Cher- ‘Woman’s World’
This female anthem is for all the ladies overcoming a breakup.
“Torn up, busted, taken apart/ I’ve been broken down left with a broken heart/ But I’m stronger/ Strong enough to rise above/ This is a woman’s world”
She also sings out to all the women to stand together:
"All the women in the world, stand up, come together now/ This is a woman's world/ Everybody in the club, stand up, come together now"
Vanessa Carlton- 'I Don't Want to Be a Bride'
Not every girl dreams of getting married to prince charming and having the perfect wedding. Vanessa expresses being a bride and following traditions are not necessary to be happy and spend the rest of your life with your loved one.