“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono
When you think of fierce female musicians, who comes to mind first? You might already be singing, “who runs the world, girls!”
There are many bold and empowering women who have come into the world’s spotlight and have spoken out, encouraged, and shined a light for those coming after them. Their songs preach independence, and can have a lot of impact for changing the climate for women in the music industry.
A couple names that first come to my mind are Beyonce, Lita Ford, P!NK, Miranda Lambert… and that’s only naming a few!
So without further due, here are 3 empowering songs we love and the lessons they teach!
1.) Love Myself, Hailee Steinfeld
What we love about this song is it’s perspective. Self-love is something that has to be worked on daily until it becomes a habit. Self-love can become a choice! In “Love Myself”, Hailee sings about losing somebody (or something), and instead of coming out of the situation feeling defeated – she makes a conscious decision to love herself by putting “her body first.”
This kind of self-love doesn’t happen overnight. And she’s admits that she’s in the long haul, singing “I’ll take it nice and slow, feeling good on my own.”
2.) I Am A Bitch I’m A Lover, Meredith Brooks
“I’M a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother. I’m a sinner, I’m a saint, I do not feel ashamed.”
Meredith preaches that you do not have to be perfect to believe you are perfectly fine the way you are. Amen, sister!
3.) Pretty Girl, Maggie Lindemann
Although Maggie just came on the scene with her debut single “Pretty Girl” in 2016, she had become internationally known beforehand on social media. Labeled as a “pretty girl”, the young singer grew her social status through sharing herself, and her life, online to a crowd of millions of followers.
What I love about this song is it addresses all of that.
“I’m more than just a picture, I’m a daughter and a sister. Sometimes it’s hard for me to show: that I’m more than just a rumour, or a song on your computer. There’s more to me than people know.”
This is a message that can relate to musicians of all ages. With social media comes great benefits for growing your career. But with that being said, there is always a downside to something that is positive. It can feel isolating in a “picture perfect” world, and sometimes it’s hard to show that there’s more to us than people know.
In her debut record, Maggie perfectly summarizes this message in the package of a catchy top 40 tune. Maggie is also an advocate for those suffering with bipolarism as she has opened up about her own personal struggle with the mental-illness. She shares even though “some days I’m strong, some days I quit,” she is still more than her physicality and her mental health. Thank you for the wise words, Maggie!