March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a day celebrating the achievements of women as well as accelerating the call to action for gender equality. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual that highlights the need for gender equality in all aspects of life such as business, health, sports, media coverage and relationships.
To get you geared up for an empowering celebration, here’s a list of women who fought for their equality and have made their mark in the entertainment world of music. Dance to this playlist, use it to pump yourself up before that board meeting or just to get you into a confident groove.
Tune in to these 10 anthems that will stir something within you, we guarantee:
1. Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
There is no one other than Queen Bey to start off the playlist. This song shook us when it debuted in 2011 and is still an anthem till date.
2. B***h Better Have My Money by Rihanna
Need to feel fierce before asking for that pay raise, promotion or getting what you deserve? Turn the volume up on this one!
3. Woman by Kesha (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)
If you don’t want anyone to mess with you, belt this out loud!
4. I Love It by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
A fun, loud, endorphin-releasing song for all the ladies out there who don’t give a cent about other people’s opinions and enjoy their very own special style of mayhem and chaos. Let loose, ladies!
5. Independent Women, Pt. 1 by Destiny’s Child
Our young girl demeanour transitioned when this was released in 2001. We all knew we were going to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, self-made independent women, by any means necessary.
6. Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
Celebrating sisterhood is always our top priority. The phrase “you’re not like most girls” is one we challenge – we are most girls and that’s what makes us amazing.
7. Power by Joy Crookes
The 2020 Brit Awards Rising Star nominee croons powerful poetry that makes your hair stand on end with her smooth jazzy vocals.
8. Try by Colbie Caillat
A sweet voice conveying reassurance, hope and love is what we need sometimes to feel great about ourselves.
9. The Man by Taylor Swift
Tay Tay shows the double standards women face in this recently released lyrically crafted track.
10. Truth Hurts by Lizzo
Body positive, bad boss of a woman who puts the “singggg in single” tells you like it is – she doesn’t need you and you can bow down now.