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.