Empowering songs lift up women

Chaka Khan recorded “I’m Every Woman,” and bolstered the confidence of every woman who sang along with her, making them feel as though they could be, say, and do anything they wanted to do.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to come up with a list of songs that empower women, and we decided to seek your help in doing so.

After traveling back and forth across campus over the course of a few days, we found a few trends happening.

A number of people on campus found it hard to come up with a current song that they felt is empowering to women.

“There’s not that many nowadays,” Kristen Moreno, 22, nursing major, said. “There’s more that degrade women.”

Beyonce was the most often named artist, and her songs “Flawless’ and “Girls Run The World” were the songs that came up the most.

Daja Andrews, 18, nursing major, said that the song she felt was empowering to women is Beyonce’s “Me, Myself, and I.”

“When you go through so much heartbreak, you get tired of it. You don’t want to have to depend on nobody anymore,” Andrews said.

Daphne Dillard, 23, communications major, said that she thinks Beyonce herself is empowering to women.

“Even though she’s a mom, she still does it all. Her husband doesn’t tell her she can’t do her thing,” Dillard said. “She’s letting you know that you can still dress sexy and dance. You can still be you and not affect your child.”

Jessica Gualotuna and Carla Palacios both agreed that Beyonce’s “Girls Run The World” is a song that empowers women.

When asked why, Gualotuna, 21, journalism major, said, “Because girls rule the world.”

“It encourages women,” Palacios, 19, nursing major, said. “They can be in charge too.”

The one example we heard that did not come from Beyonce was Tupac’s “Keep Your Head Up.”

Mel Gonzalez, 18, music major, said, “He’s trying to explain that because we come from women, we should treat them better.”

What do you think? Were there any that were missed?