Ten songs for Women’s History Month

Leah Carrier

It’s time to celebrate Women’s History Month with a dance sesh featuring ten iconic and empowering songs. Enjoy!

Good as Hell by Lizzo – Lizzo’s contagious energy carries these heartwarming lyrics with her characteristic flair. Lizzo’s advice, simplified: “If he [or she, or they!] don’t love you anymore, just walk your fine a** out the door.” And don’t forget to do your hair toss. 

Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys  – Every girl has a flame in her heart, and Alicia has the keys to ignite them. I’ve been hearing this classic since I was seven, and it will forever be ingrained in my soul.

Ain’t Your Mama by Jennifer Lopez – After her flawless performance at the Biden Harris inauguration, Jennifer Lopez earned a direct ticket to this list. J.Lo’s lyrics throw down the traditional expectations of women in society: “I ain’t gon’ be cooking all day, I ain’t your mama. I ain’t gon’ do your laundry, I ain’t your mama.”

NO by Meghan Trainor – Meghan Trainor’s crash course on saying ‘no’ is elevated by persistent percussion and a fearless melody. Saying ‘no’ isn’t sassy, inappropriate, or unladylike. Rather, it’s imperative, especially if you’re a girl in this misogynistic world.

Born This Way by Lady Gaga – Lady Gaga’s message is the epitome of empowerment: “Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied, or teased … No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian transgendered life … No matter Black, white or beige, Chola or orient made, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.” 

The Schuyler Sisters from ‘Hamilton’ – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’ma compel him to include women in the sequel.” You can’t help but feel proud to be a woman when you hear Renée Elise Goldsberry’s insane vocals. In this iconic ‘Hamilton’ hit, Goldsberry stands for all the women who fought for the rights we still fight for today.

Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara – Alessia Cara takes on eating disorders in these heartwarming and soulful verses. She dedicates this song to all the girls who are hurting, singing “you don’t have to change a thing, the world can change its heart.”

Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya – With steadfast, multidimensional lyrics, this song defies the objectification of women. “I don’t wanna be the puppet that you’re playing on a string,” Daya sings. “… this girl right here’s gonna rule the world.” 

My Way by Ava Max – Max’s spunky song celebrates women who repel stereotypes. It features powerful, resonant chords, and a clear message: “Be a little proper, they say. Speak a little softer, they say. Gotta be a lady, but I say, this way it’s my way, ah my way.”

Confident by Demi Lovato – Whether we’re in math class or erging in the atrium, there’s nothing wrong with a confident girl. So go ahead, raise your hand or sprint that last 200 meters- Demi Lovato supports you.