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Celebrating women in music

women's day - music, female artist, sound identity, musicmatters

What happen when strong women meet music?

The attempts to address the rights, needs, and desires of women into music, usually leads to impressive results.

Musicians and singers participate in women right’s debate in their own ways, you don’t have to be a professed feminist.

Women’s impact into music is huge, no matters if they use words to engage a battle against misogyny or if they simply give voice to their own experiences.

Well, today we want to celebrate women with a top 5 of their masterpieces, so set your speakers and your mood of the day.

5. "Hot Topic" by Le Tigre

The American electronic rock Le Tigre is known for its left-wing sociopolitical lyrics, dealing with issues of feminism and the LGBT community. The song is list of women who deeply influenced Le Tigre’s art.

“Carol Rama and Eleanor Antin Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneeman You're getting old, that's what they'll say, but Don't give a damn I'm listening anyway

Stop, don't you stop I can't live if you stop Don't you stop”

4. “Four Women” by Nina Simone

Nina Simone is known as a notable activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

She wrote "Four Women", released on the 1966 album Wild Is the Wind.

It tells the story of four different African American women. Each of the four characters represents an African-American stereotype in society. In this track we can see Nina Simone’s ability to empathize with the stories she tells. The song gradually builds in intensity as it progresses; Simone's vocal becomes more impassioned possibly to reflect the angst of the character.

3. "Independent Woman" by Destiny's Child

Maybe you have forgotten that, but this song is the proof that Beyoncé has been a feminist since before the new millennium. The song first appeared as the soundtrack to the 2000 film adaption of Charlie's Angels, and was later included on the group's third studio album, Survivor (2001). It’s a manifesto of independent women who can be proud to live in luxury because of their own success.

2. "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore recorded this song in 1963, when was 17 just years old.

The song is a triumphant feminist anthem, Lesley Gore shouts out, "Don't tell me what to do / And don't tell me what to say / Please, when I go out with you / Don't put me on display."

1. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

That’s a classic for a reason. Aretha Franklin doesn't ask for respect. She demands it.

Originally written by Otis Redding, Aretha reimaged the song, changing significance of every line. She got an anthem for civil and gender rights that are as potent today as it was 50 years ago.


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