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Girl Power Playlist: 59 Songs About Female Empowerment

This One's For the Girls: Songs About Female Empowerment

Girls can be anything they want to be. Celebrate the awesomeness of being female with songs from this playlist.
Girls can be anything they want to be. Celebrate the awesomeness of being female with songs from this playlist. | Source

Here's A Power Boost

For all the women in our lives who need a power boost of encouragement, this Girl Power Playlist is for you!

It's for women like my sister, facing divorce with three young boys to raise. After having her trust violated by a scoundrel, she's now struggling to stand on her own again. Rebuild your personal strength and stay strong, beautiful lady!

It's also for smart and courageous young ladies like my daughter. They are breaking down career barriers in traditionally masculine fields. She is enrolled in an honors engineering program where girls are outnumbered four to one (as they often are in science, technology, engineering and math). Every day she demonstrates that she is gritty as well as pretty. Plus, she's one of their top students!

Lastly, this female empowerment playlist is a shout-out to women like my mother and aunt, who have assumed care taking roles for my ailing grandmother. Increasingly, they have become her personal health care advocates and providers, companions, and surrogate decision makers. Unless you've walked in those shoes or witnessed the work that goes into such care taking, it's hard to truly appreciate the investment of time, resources, and emotional energy.

Why not make a custom playlist to encourage the special women in your life — or yourself — to keep being brave, strong, and fighting the good fight?

1. "Confident" by Demi Lavato (2015)

Confident women don't let anyone — men or other women — trash talk or undermine their dignity. They make their own choices about self-identity and to be who they are, flaws and all. Don't let anyone tear you down. Look them straight in the eye, head high.

2. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten (2015)

You may be one person in this big ole' world, but you have the ability to impact monumental change through your voice and actions. Don't ever underestimate your capacity for influence:

Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion.

"With confidence, you have won before you have started." - Marcus Garvey, Jamaican political leader
"With confidence, you have won before you have started." - Marcus Garvey, Jamaican political leader | Source

3. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé (2011)

Queen BeyBey gives a shout out to all the girls who run the world. (And let's be real, don't we?) We're the girls who work nine to five for a paycheck, are strong enough to bear the children then get back to business.

4. “Try” by Colbie Caillat (2014)

Women do so much to try to fit the expectations of others, starting with body image. But this empowering song affirms that you are enough, plain and simple, just the way you are. You don't have to try so hard. You just have to accept yourself.

"The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence." - Blake Lively, American actress
"The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence." - Blake Lively, American actress | Source

5. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld (2015)

Instead of staying in an unhealthy relationship, an empowered woman isn't afraid to stand on her own: "Gonna love myself. No, I don't need anybody else. I love me."

This song is a tribute to women of all ages who have left dysfunctional or unsatisfying relationships. Just because you're alone doesn't have to mean you're lonely!

6. “Grown Woman” by Beyoncé (2013)

You are one confident adult woman, and it took you awhile to get here. Now that you're wearing big girl panties, you do what you want and you don't apologize for your choices. This is your power anthem, and you've got it goin' on!

They love the way I walk
‘Cause I walk with a vengeance
And they listen to me when I talk 'cause I ain't pretending
It took a while, now I understand just where I'm goin'
I know the world and I know who I am, it's 'bout time I show it.

7. “Who Says” by Selena Gomez (2011)

As the powerful, self-knowing person that you are, you define yourself. This song asks all the important questions, such as

  • Who says you're not star potential?
  • Who says you're not presidential?
  • Who says you can't be in movies?
  • Who says you don't pass the test?
  • Who says you can't be the best?
  • Who says you're not perfect?
  • Who says you're not worth it?

8. “F**kin’ Perfect” by P!nk (2010)

You know all the bad things you tell yourself about how you're not good enough, not pretty enough, you'll never amount to anything, and no one will ever love you? Stop that right now. I mean it, and so does P!nk. This song demands that you quiet those voices for good and understand that You. Are. Enough.

9. "This One’s for the Girls" by Martina McBride (2003)

From high school girls to young career women to a middle-aged woman trying to hold off the ravages of time, this uplifting song celebrates beautiful women of all stages of life, "from one to 99". It encourages them to dream with all they have, love without holding back, and love themselves the way they are.

10. "Nothing In Between (Bitch)" by Meredith Brooks (1997)

Women occupy many roles, and this song playfully celebrates all of them, from sweet to sassy to seductress, from mom to mean to everything in between:

I'm a b*tch, I'm a lover
I'm a child, I'm a mother
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed.
I'm your hell, I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
You know you wouldn't want it any other way.

11. "Roar" by Katy Perry (2013)

Katy Perry celebrates the glorious transformation of a wimpy woman who is afraid to proclaim her opinion and lead her own way into an eye-of-the-tiger true fighting spirit. Her new self knows precisely what she wants and isn't afraid to strike back. If you're a champion who dances through fire and you roar like a lion, then here's your power anthem!

10 Ideas For Self-Empowerment

Idea
Example / Comment
1. Practice Affirmations
"I know what I'm doing;" "I can achieve anything I set my mind to."
2. Kick Perfect to the Curb
Strive for personal excellence, not perfection. Realize when "good enough" really IS good enough.
3. Value Your Strengths
Be able to name what you're good at. Write them down. Share your talents with the world.
4. Treat Yourself and Others With Respect
Kindness and courtesy are the currency of dignity.
5. Look People In the Eye and Stand Tall
Posture is important. It tells the world what you think of yourself.
6. Learn or Do Something New
Never stop growing.
7. Speak With Authority
Use an authoritative tone and avoid "ums," "ah," and upspeak.
8. Surround Yourself With Positive People
Reduce the impact of the Negative Nellies in your life.
9. Stop That Negative Self-Talk
Why are you doing this to yourself? Remember the affirmations? Repeat enough times until you believe them!
10. Fake It Until You Make It
Even if you don't feel confident and powerful, practice behaving that way. Soon, it will become your habit.

12. "Beautiful," Christina Aguilera (2002)

Beautiful no matter water they say ... this song speaks to the power of resilience and knowing your own worth. When others' words shout one message, let your inner voice remain firm, steady, and unwavering in the knowledge that you only need yourself for validation.

13. “Secrets” by Mary Lambert (2014)

What a liberating feeling to let all your secrets out! This song empowers women to just get over hiding all the things that they've been working so hard to keep hidden. Secrecy takes so much work and no one really cares all that much what you're hiding anyway! They've got their own secrets to protect. Just get over it and get on with your life.

14. "Superwoman," Alicia Keys (2008)

This inspiring song is a tribute to all mothers (and other women) who endeavor to support humanity and make this world a better place. We're not always your obvious heroes, but underneath you'll find the vest, the "S" on the chest as we make this world a better place. Admit it: aren't you a superwoman?

15. "Good Woman Down," Mary J. Blige (2006)

This song provides a rousing word of encouragement from Mary J. Blige to all her troubled sisters who are going through pain and hardship. While you may have good reasons for worry and consternation, she provides the gift of this knowledge: You can't hold a good woman down. Do you feel your fire within? Get up! Get up! Get up!

16. "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy (1972)

This high-spirited song describes women's progressive march forward. Once a signature song of the women's liberation movement, it's now a testament to our journey and powerful connection to one another. No Girl Power Playlist would be complete without it!

17. “Salute” by Little Mix (2013)

This song is a call to attention for all ladies of the world to stand together as something more than just a pretty object. Whether you wear "killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots," it's a salute to you as a woman -- an individual, an original.

18. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

This classic is a reminder that it's not just the guys who want to go out and have a good time. Girls want to break free of expectations and just relax and have a good time, too!

19. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor (2014)

Empowered women know that beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, shades, and life stages. This song replaces fat shaming with a celebration of "bringing booty back" and having "all the right junk in all the right places." It affirms that "every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top." As a strong, vibrant female, worry less about your size than your health and well being.

"There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become." - Orison Swett Marden, American motivational author
"There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become." - Orison Swett Marden, American motivational author | Source

20. "Phenomenal Woman" by Olivia Newton-John (2005)

A confident female doesn't necessarily need to shout or be the most physically attractive woman to turn heads. She captivates and inspires others because she completely owns her identity. This uplifting and powerful song reveals how to do just that.

Even More Girl Power Songs

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Independent Women
Destiny’s Child
2000
22. Firework
Katy Perry
2010
23. One Girl Revolution
Super Chic(k)
2001
24. Follow Your Arrow
Kacey Musgraves
2013
25. Wannabe
Spice Girls
1996
26. Girls
Santigold
2012
27. He Thinks He'll Keep Her
Mary Chapin Carpenter
1992
28. Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves
Eurythmics featuring Aretha Franklin
1985
29. Girl Power
The Cheetah Girls
2003
30. Brave
Sara Bareilles
2013
31. Fight Like A Girl
Kalie Shorr
2015
32. Stronger
Britney Spears
2000
33. You Gotta Be
Des'ree
1994
34. Girl On Fire
Alicia Keys
2012
35. Express Yourself
Madonna
1989
36. Miss Independent
Kelly Clarkson
2003
37. R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Aretha Franklin
1967
38. Man, I Feel Like A Woman!
Shania Twain
1997
39. I Look So Good (Without You)
Jessie James
2009
40. Blank Space
Taylor Swift
2014
41. Stronger
Britney Spears
2000
42. Goodbye
Kristina DeBarge
2009
43. You Don't Own Me
Lesley Gore
1963
44. Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Pat Benatar
1980
45. Fighter
Christina Aguilera
2003
46. Girl In a Country Song
Maddie and Tae
2014
47. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
Kelly Clarkson
2012
48. Hollaback Girl
Gwen Stefani
2006
49. The Pill
Loretta Lynn
1975
50. Live Before I Die
Marina Dalmas Kaye
2015
51. I Don't Need A Man
Pussycat Dolls
2006
52. I Didn't Know My Own Strength
Whitney Houston
2009
53. Suddenly I See
K.T. Tunstall
2004
54. America's Sweetheart
Elle King
2015
55. Rise
Katy Perry
2016
56. Two Step
Laura Bell Bundy (featuring Colt Ford)
2013
57. Strength of a Woman
Shaggy
2002
58. That's My Girl
Fifth Harmony
2016
59. She's Not Just a Pretty Face
Shania Twain
2003
Do you have suggested songs for the Girl Power Playlist? Leave a comment for us in the Comments section below.

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B markerBright, Australia -
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C markerConfidence, California, USA -
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D markerCourage, France -
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E markerIndependence, Ohio, USA -
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F markerMount Respect, French Guiana -
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G markerPioneer, California, USA -
Pioneer, CA 95666, USA
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H markerPower County, Idaho, USA -
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I markerResourceful Acres, Maryland, USA -
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FlourishAnyway 3 days ago from USA Author

Matthew - In the US, "Man" can be used in the same way as "gosh" or "wow" or "goodness" so in this context it doesn't mean that a man is dressing up as a woman. That's just a cultural/language difference. I added Shania's "She's Not Just a Pretty Face," however. Thank you!


MatthewFSmith 3 days ago

Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman" sounds like a girls' night out song but is really more about men who like to dress up as women - the clue is in the title! So an empowerment song yes but not the right choice for your list.

Her main female empowerment songs are "She's not just a pretty face" and "Juanita". And they're brilliant.


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FlourishAnyway 13 days ago from USA Author

Nai - Thank you for the addition!


Nai 2 weeks ago

That's My Girl Fifth Harmony


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FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA Author

Ms. Spiegl - Great addition. It's #57 now!


Ms. Spiegl 6 weeks ago

I feel, "The Strength of a Woman," by Phyllis Hyman should be a part of the female empowerment song list.


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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA Author

Catherine - It's such a historic night for women and for America, and I hope this is only the beginning. Woo-hoo! I'll be watching too.


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CatherineGiordano 4 months ago from Orlando Florida

I'm waiting for Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech in a few hours. It seemed appropriate to get revved up for it with some songs about Girl Power. Carole King just performed "You've Got a Friend." It's not about girl power, but about girl-friend power sung by a powerful woman.


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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA Author

Ashley - Although I couldn't find that as a song title off her Fearless album, I put "Live Before I DIe" as #50. Thank you for the suggestion. She has an amazing voice!


Ashley 4 months ago

I will suggets ''Fearless'' by Marina Dalmas-Kaye


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA Author

Patricia - I'm glad that confidence has found you, and you, it. Self-esteem tends to take a dip for girls around the time of puberty and it doesn't need to be that way. We need to redouble our efforts to ensure equality via self-worth. People treat you the way you allow them to treat you is what I tell my daughter.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida

O don't I wish I had heard Martina's song when I was a teen....I was not sure about my self worth then so this would have given me courage, perhaps. Time has a way of shoring up our confidence though (at least for some of us and thank goodness I am one of those!!!)

Another great selection of songs that I listen to over and over.

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Angels finding their way to you, Flourish. ps


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA Author

Shyron - So glad you enjoyed this! It's one of my favorite playlists. Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific Fouth of July!


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Flourish, this is an awesome hub, you got me playing music all day today at the same time trying to read other hub. You did an amazing job on this and I can’t think of any song that you missed.

I sure hope HP does not niche this to spinditty, when they do they cut a few of the beautiful songs and pictures.

Blessings and hugs my dear and beautiful friend


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA Author

Kyriaki - Girl power indeed! Thanks for stopping by!


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Kyriaki Chatzi 5 months ago from Greece

Girl Power!! What an inspirational Hub!!


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA Author

Ashleigh - Yes, it's #1 on the list! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!


Ashleigh 5 months ago

Confident


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA Author

Rota - Glad you love this high-spirited list!


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA Author

Sha - Thank you for stopping by and writing such a beautiful comment. I want all women to know their power and understand that they can be anything they want. Limitations exist only in our minds, and beauty is not always external. Thinking of you! Keep going strong.


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bravewarrior 7 months ago from Central Florida

I love your playlists. You introduce me to artists and/or songs I've not heard.

Female empowerment is so important. For generations women didn't have the freedom to be anything other than a mom and housewife. We are so much more than that. There's nothing we can't do or handle.

I particularly like the songs that speak of accepting yourself for who you are and not how you look. I think most women have fallen into the trap of thinking outer beauty is what it's all about. It certainly doesn't hurt, but even beautiful women can be ugly. As we age I think we learn and accept the fact that outer beauty and body shape isn't as important as we once thought. Our inner being and strength begins to shine as we gain confidence and experience. That's what it's all about!

Love this playlist, Flourish! Your intro is awesome.


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Rota 7 months ago

ahh..fantastic. I have been meaning to update my music player list for exercise - some of these are going in the mix. Great idea for a hub.


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA Author

swalia - glad you enjoyed this female empowerment song list. May it energize and encourage you!


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swalia 7 months ago

Beautiful selection of songs...Thanks for sharing!


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA Author

Kaili - Thank you for the kind kudos!


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Kaili Bisson 7 months ago from Canada

What a great list! Thank you for putting together this really entertaining hub.


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA Author

Jackie - Glad you enjoyed it. Empowered women know how the cut loose and just relax!


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Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South

Love them all but "Girls just wanna have fun " is an all time favorite! Isn't it so true?


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA Author

Nell - So glad you belted out those tunes like the empowered woman that you are.


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Nell Rose 7 months ago from England

I love it! I was singing at the top of my voice! great hub, great music and fantastic singers! can't get better than that! Love Meghan, Pink, Martie, and of course Cindy !


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Bill - It's one of my favorite songs! Thank you for stopping by and for your support. I hope you are well.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Savvy - Thank you so much for your rich and encouraging feedback. I send you all my best!


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savvydating 8 months ago

First of all, that picture of the little girl is awesome. Just adorable---she has "girl power" written all over her.

I have music "lists" on Pandora, but I'd not thought to have one that's about courageous woman. That's actually a really good idea for someone who is going through a trying time---especially the songs that let women know they don't have to be perfect, since there is no such thing, anyway.

I have to say that I really like "All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. The beat just makes me feel happy.

Well, you did it again, Flourish. Yet another inspirational hub!


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bdegiulio 8 months ago from Massachusetts

Another great list Flourish. I think Frank is correct. I vividly remember Helen Reddy's "I am Woman" from the 70's and it's the first women empowerment song that I recall. There are some powerful songs on this list. In 2016 no woman should have to suffer from inequality or any form of abuse. Great job.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

swalia - Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!


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swalia 8 months ago

An awesome collection of songs!


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Devika - Thank you for your encouragement and for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.


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DDE 8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi FlourishAnyway you shared an interesting list here as always you give me more to think about music and of its purpose.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

agusfanani - Thank you for your encouragement! Have a great weekend!


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agusfanani 8 months ago from Indonesia

Glad to know about those inspiring songs specially for women.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Linda - I appreciate your kind kudos! Have a fabulous weekend!


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Faith Reaper - So good of you to stop by and leave such encouraging words or support. Thank you!


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AliciaC 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is definitely an empowering hub for females! Thanks for sharing the encouraging music and advice, Flourish.


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Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

Great choice of songs here to empoer women. Flourish. I love the message here to realize we are good enough just by being who we are and not comparing ourselves to others.

You are on top of your game with these awesome playlists!


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Linda - Thank you for your big thumbs up and for the suggestions! I love that you you have Roar as your ringtone. Have a good weekend.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Heidi - A big THANK YOU! I hope it uplifts and encourages those who need a boost.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

MsDora - I'm so pleased you enjoyed the list. I hope it uplifted you. You are a strong, loving and powerful woman for the way you care for your mother. Hats off to you!


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Carb Diva - Thanks so much for sharing. I've been very busy with family but trying to get back into the swing of things. Have a great weekend!


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heidithorne 8 months ago from Chicago Area

My fave is Roar. List of 10 Empowerment is so frame-worthy. Sharing here on HP and Twitter. You go, girl! Have a great day!


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MsDora 8 months ago from The Caribbean

Flourish I listened to two of these songs while I read the list. I like the lyrics. Confidence is so beautiful when women wear it. This is a great collection!,


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Sunshine625 8 months ago from Orlando, FL

LOVE this playlist! Roar is my ringtone! I would add Britney Spears "Stronger" and Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" to the list. Both of those songs inspired me at one time or another! :)


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Carb Diva 8 months ago

Flourish - I haven't heard from you for awhile, so I just knew (hoped) that you were working on another great list--and you didn't disappoint. I love this. Sharing with my two daughters.


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Bill - Oh, I wish all men were as forward thinking as you. Can we elect you for something or are you too busy?


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Vellur - Thank you for your support. I love those two as well!


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Frank - There are men and then there are great men. Thanks for appreciating my hub! You're a great one, Frank!


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FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA Author

Kristen - Thank you for the kind word. And oh my goodness, how could I have missed Independence, Ohio!?! I lived in Ohio for years! Thanks for stopping by!


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Kristen Howe 8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Flourish, I love your powerful playlists for girl power and the whole series. It's so empowering to view your song selection for everyday life. There's an Independence in Ohio. ;-) Well done, my friend.


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billybuc 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm a huge feminist and proud of it....what bothers me is that it's even necessary to say that in the year 2016...it should be a foregone conclusion that every human being is a feminist. Sheez, as my dead aunt used to say, this ain't rocket surgery. :)


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Vellur 8 months ago from Dubai

A great selection of songs. I love Roar by Katy Perry and Demi Lovato's Confident.


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Frank Atanacio 8 months ago from Shelton

What a great list... I think Helen Reddy's I am Woman was the catalyst for all women empowerment songs.. am I wrong? Or am I just man? LOL love your music-list hubs..:)

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