Women's Empowerment

A soundtrack by Victoria McLean

Why I Chose Women's Empowerment

I chose women's empowerment because it is a movement that isn't usually recognized as a social justice issue. Women in America now have most of the same rights that men have, but are not treated as equals. This movement is about not letting men or anyone in society put you down or hold you to a different standard just because of your gender. It is not about the right to vote, to get a degree, or to make the same salary as a man. This is about stepping up and saying that you can do anything that a man can do and do it just the same as (or even better than) he can. You are not any lesser of an individual just because you are a woman. You deserve the same opportunities as anyone else has regardless of gender.

Man! I Feel Like a Woman

I chose this song because it talks about what it means to be a woman and it is a classic jam for most women.
Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman

Respect

I chose this song because it not only a staple for women's rights but it came out in 1967 which was after the era of civil rights.
Aretha Franklin - Respect [1967] (Original Version)

Superwoman

I chose this song because it is an anthem for women about empowering them and inspiring them to reach their goals.
Alicia Keys - Superwoman

***Flawless

I chose this song because the speech made in the middle of the song is a recording of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an author from Nigeria and a women's rights activist. The speech highlights the different ways we teach men and women to act in society. I also chose this song because even thought it has a few cuss words, it is a nice jam and makes me feel ready to take on the world.
Beyoncé - ***Flawless ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Run the World (Girls)

I chose this song because it speaks about how women contribute just as much to the world as men do. It says that girls run the world and for the most part, we do. Women are expected to care for children, clean, and cook for their family; but also are expected to be educated and have a career. This song empowers women to get up and go achieve their dreams, as so many of Beyonce's songs do.
Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls)

Control

I chose this song because it is about breaking your chains and empowering yourself to be better. Not just for women but for everyone. It is about controlling your own destiny.
Control

Bad Girls

I chose this song because despite the fact that it kind of promotes violence, the message is really about the fact that women in Saudi Arabia aren't allowed to get their driver's license. This song really makes you want to get out and change the world, despite the violent words.
M.I.A. - "Bad Girls" (Official Video)

Stronger

I chose this song because it is about getting up after you've been knocked down and coming out stronger than you were before.
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)