Happy International Women’s Day! While the day is taken as an opportunity by many to celebrate, it should also serve as a reminder: that we still have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. Just weeks ago, we wrote about the disparity between men and women at music festivals. Yet, there is so much amazing music being written, produced, and recorded by women every single day.
So what better way to commemorate International Women’s Day, than by listening to music by your favorite artists? We’ve curated an empowering playlist just for you that features an all-women line-up of 25 inspiring, fun tracks! Use it to celebrate womanhood, intersectionality, and diversity, and/or let it be the soundtrack to the fight for gender equality – the choice is all yours!
Beyoncé – Flawless ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (or literally any other Beyoncé song) Perhaps the ultimate feminist anthem, featuring excerpts from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s manifesto “We Should All Be Feminists.”
Demi Lovato – I Love Me This track by Lovato highlights the importance of practicing self-forgiveness and self-love.
Lizzo – Good As Hell ft. Ariana Grande When Lizzo tells you to feel good about yourself, all you can do is listen to her! This version features one of the most powerful voices of this generation: Ariana Grande.
Rosalía – Malamente Nothing says empowerment more than a young woman who reinvents the genre of flamenco and has the entire world transfixed.
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now As her new album title suggests, Dua is all about future nostalgia – and is literally at the front of defining the future sound of pop music.
Doja Cat – Boss Bitch She’s got a major hit with “Say So,” but it’s this song from the film “Birds of Prey” that will have you powerfully strutting your stuff into the office.
Tones and I – Never Seen The Rain “Dance Monkey” showed just how talented Tones and I is – but follow-up “Never Seen The Rain” proves once and for all she’s far from a one-hit-wonder.
St. Vincent – Masseduction St. Vincent is perhaps one of the best rock artists out there right now, and she proves it with Masseduction.
Indila – Parle à ta tète This French track will remind you of Stromae, except Indila sings about the exhaustion of having to constantly cater to people’s (contradictory) expectations of women.
Taylor Swift – The Man It was about time Swift truly embraced feminism, and she makes a real statement with her latest single on the inequality between men and women.
Billie Eilish – No Time To Die She is the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme song and absolutely cleaned up at the Grammy’s earlier this year. Billie, of course, belongs on this list.
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – Tusa A great collaboration between two incredibly talented women that’ll make you want to dance and realize you only deserve the best!
Shea Diamond – Don’t Shoot This track is dedicated to the memory of gun violence victims, especially Black and Brown Trans people.
Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter This track feels like liberation, as Cyrus emphasizes that no-one gets to fuck with your freedom. The lyrics take often used misogynist slurs and turns them around in a celebratory “Hallelujah.”
Halsey – Nightmare “Nightmare” shows exactly what type of challenges women experience in society, and trust me – it feels amazing to shout out loud “I don’t owe you a goddamn thing.”
Kim Petras – Icy What can I say? Kim Petras is iconic.
Dixie Chicks – Gaslighter Making a powerful comeback after being blacklisted in the industry is the best revenge the Dixie Chicks could’ve ever wished for.
Little Mix – Strip Loving all your flaws, and feeling good in your skin is difficult, and radically feminist. Little Mix committed to the cause and wrote not just a self-love anthem, but literally stripped down in the video to show the beauty in their own flaws.
Jessie Reyez – No Sweat Jessie’s “No Sweat” points out that women can do whatever they want, without even breaking a sweat. You probably will break a sweat after dancing to this song.
Mahalia ft. Ella Mai –What You Did Another powerful collaboration between two incredibly talented R&B/soul singers.
Naaz – damage She’s young, she’s Kurdish, she’s incredibly talented and completely unafraid to share her vulnerabilities with the world. She’s disarmingly magical.
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Normani – Diamonds Megan and Normani have both enjoyed huge success with their singles, so it’s only logical that their rendition of Diamonds will make you feel like a total bad-ass ready to take on the world!
MUNA – I Know A Place Written as a message to the LGTBQ community, the song preaches nonviolence, peace, and safety. It’s important and lighthearted, making you feel heard, loved and free all at the same time.
Chelsea Cutler – How To Be Human Chelsea doesn’t just write her own songs but also produces most of them herself – showing that women can do it all.
Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N. To top things off, another incredible song that’s both going to make you bop and feel empowered all at the same time.
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman The ultimate classic as a bonus track.