A wise woman once said, “Who run the world? Girls!”
Women are an essential part of society. Aside from the obvious reasons (like the fact that our bodies can withstand childbirth), we’re smart, strong, determined, and overall #bosses. A world without women isn’t a world at all.
Despite this, women are continually at a disadvantage. On average, women make 77.9 cents to every dollar that men make (this is even lower for women of color). Out of the top Fortune 500 companies less than 5% are run by women. There are countries where it’s illegal for women to vote, go to school, or even drive a car.
In this day and age, it’s normal for women to be a little down on themselves. Our reproductive rights are in jeopardy, we’re constantly cat-called and degraded, and let’s be honest, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu completely freaked us out.
But you know what? Despite all this we’re also doing better than ever. On average 63% of women graduate college, compared to 57% of men. This year 127 women hold seats in congress, the most ever. Nearly 47% of women are now in the workforce. We are striving for equality and are making good progress.
Sometimes we need a reminder of how strong we actually are. Whether you’re going through a breakup, having trouble in work or at school, or simply need be reminded of how much of a #womanboss you are, here are 31 songs to make you feel more empowered.
1. Run the World (Girls), Beyoncé
Boy I know you love it
How we’re smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children, children
Then get back to business
2. Confident, Demi Lovato
What’s wrong with being confident?
3. God is a woman, Ariana Grande
My one, when all is said and done
You’ll believe God is a woman
4. Fighter, Christina Aguilera
Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
5. No Scrubs, TLC
No, I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
6. Fight Song, Rachel Platten
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
7. Feeling Myself, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce
I stopped the world
Male or female, it make no difference
I stop the world, world stop…
8. Roar, Katy Perry
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
9. Stronger, Britney Spears
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I, I’m stronger
10. no tears left to cry, Ariana Grande
Ain’t got no tears in my body
I ran out, but boy, I like it, I like it, I like it
11. Miss Independent, Kelly Clarkson
What happened to Miss Independent?
No longer need to be defensive
12. Just a Girl, No Doubt
Oh… I’ve had it up to here!
13. Dangerous Women, Ariana Grande
Somethin’ ’bout you makes me feel like a dangerous woman
14. Sorry Not Sorry, Demi Lovato
Baby, I’m sorry (I’m not sorry)
Being so bad got me feelin’ so good
15. Flawless Remix, Beyonce & Nicki Minaj
You wake up, flawless
Post up, flawless
16. S&M, Rihanna
Cause I may be bad
But I’m perfectly good at it
17. thank u, next, Ariana Grande
One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
18. Woman, Kesha
I’m a motherf*cking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
19. You Don’t Own Me, Grace & G-Eazy
Don’t tell me what to do
And don’t tell me what to say
20. Can’t Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus
I’m not a mistake,
I’m not a fake,
It’s set in my DNA
21. Bootylicious, Destiny’s Child
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
‘Cause my body too bootylicious for ya babe
22. Firework, Katy Perry
‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
23. Don’t Cha, The Pussycat Dolls
Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Don’t you wish your girlfriend was a freak like me, like me?
24. Raise Your Glass, P!nk
So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways, all my underdogs
25. All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor
I’m bringing booty back!
26. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together
27. Problem, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Big Sean
I know you’re never gonna wake up
I gotta give up
But it’s you!
28. Money, Cardi B
I was born to flex (Yes)
Diamonds on my neck
29. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone
30. Woman Like Me, Little Mix & Nicki Minaj
I broke a couple hearts that I wear on my sleeve
31. 7 rings, Ariana Grande
You like my hair?
Gee, thanks! Just bought it