Ten of the best Feminist Anthems

June 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

So I was browsing the web looking at some current and historic news about the feminist movement and news about women’s rights around the world when I stumbled across this:

“Throughout the centuries, women have accented popular song with resistance, resentment, and outright revolt against oppression. The history of popular music reveals that it’s far more than a man’s, man’s world.

While genres like blues allowed a remarkably femme-centric candor, rebellious notes can be perceived throughout numerous eras — and even within the hit parade. It’s true that often these songs frequently concentrated on romantic themes, but their strong female perspectives, assertiveness, and attitudes denote them as feminist forbearers. Here’s a selection of pioneering vocalists’ music dating from the twenties to the mid-sixties to remind us that empowered girls have been with us for longer than pop culture often cares to remember.” – Alison Nastasi

Then I saw the songs and I couldn’t agree more!

There was:

Aretha Franklins’ Respect

Eartha Kitts’ I want to be Evil

Nancy Sinatras’, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Wanda Jacksons’, Hard Headed Woman

Mary Martins’, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

Kitty Wells’, It wasn’t God Who made Honky Tonk Angels

Ann Masons’, You Can’t Love Me (In The Midnight Hour)

Dolly Partons’ , Just Because I’m a Woman

Ma Raineys’, See See Rider Blues

And Hattie Burlesons’, Bye Bye Baby

All these songs are ideal feminist, strong women songs in my personal opinion. I also believe that these songs deserve a listen, so pop in your headphones and check out these Top Ten Proto-Feminist Anthems!

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