When I woke up on Jan. 20, I felt hopeless. Donald Trump assumed the presidency, despite his harmful rhetoric towards women and minorities. Things just felt different. Just two months earlier, I had voted for who I was so sure would be the first female president, but I was wrong.
On the following day the Women’s March on Washington and hundreds of other sister marches took place. I worked, so I couldn’t go to the march in Chicago, so my co-workers and I watched live streams from our phones. I saw seas of people, holding signs and each other, and I felt hopeful. It made me realize that even though Trump is trying to divide people, he did the opposite: he’s bringing together a movement that wants to bring him down.
Seeing so many powerful people stand together inspired me to make this playlist. I have curated ten songs by women that inspire me. I hope that these songs make you feel invincible, inspired, ready to fight against oppression, and most of all I hope these songs give you hope.
1) MUNA – “I Know a Place”
“They will try to make you unhappy / Don’t let them / They will try to tell you you’re not free / Don’t listen / I, I know a place where you don’t need protection / Even if it’s only in my imagination / I, I know a place we can go / Where everyone gonna lay down their weapon /Lay down their weapon / Just give me trust and anything can happen”
2) Marina and the Diamonds – “Bubblegum Bitch”
“Got a figure like a pinup, got a figure like a doll / Don’t care if you think I’m dumb, I don’t care at all / Candy bear, sweetie pie, wanna be adored / I’m the girl you’d die for”
3) La Roux – “Bulletproof”
“Burning bridges shore to shore / I’ll break away from something more / I’m not turned on to love until it’s cheap / Been there, done that, messed around / I’m having fun; don’t put me down / I’ll never let you sweep me off my feet”
4) Kate Nash – “Rap for Rejection”
“I’m a stupid whore and a frigid bitch / Well can you make up your mind and tell me which is which? / Oh now I get it, you think I’m ugly yeah tell your friends / How you never woulda done me / Are you trying to tell me sexism doesn’t exist? / If it doesn’t exist then what the fuck is this? / How many boys will it destroy? / How many girls and boys will it annoy?”
5) Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends”
“Exhume our idols and bury our friends / We’re wild and weary but we won’t give in / We’re sick with worry / These nervous days / We live on dread in our own gilded age”
6) Little Mix – “Salute”
“You think we’re just pretty things / You couldn’t be more wrong, we’re standing strong, we carry on / Knock us but we keep moving on / We’re moving on, yeah / Can’t stop a hurricane, ladies it’s time to awake”
7) Lily Allen – “Hard Out Here”
“I suppose I should tell you what this bitch is thinking / You’ll find me in the studio and not in the kitchen / I won’t be bragging ’bout my cars or talking ’bout my chains / Don’t need to shake my ass for you ’cause I’ve got a brain / If I told you ’bout my sex life, you’d call me a slut / When boys be talking about their bitches, no one’s making a fuss”
8) Amy Winehouse – “You Know I’m No Good”
“’Cause you’re my fella, my guy / Hand me your Stella and fly / By the time I’m out the door / You tear me down like Roger Moore / I cheated myself / Like I knew I would / I told you I was trouble / You know that I’m no good”
9) Haim – “My Song 5”
“I´ve been lied to/ So what´s the truth? / Now I´m not gonna hide it all, keep it all from you / I´ve been dying to know what you´ve tried / You´ve been lying / So, honey, I´m your honey pie”
10) Miley Cyrus – “Do My Thang”
“Every single night and every single day / I’mma do my thang, I’mma do my thang / So don’t you worry ‘bout me, I’mma be okay / I’mma do my thang, cause I’mma do my thang”
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