Who run the world? Girls! — Throwback jams to empower you on International Women’s Day

Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliot, and Taylor Swift
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Nothing says International Women’s Day like some empowering music from our youth! Here are our favorite girl power songs that will both make you nostalgic and proud to be a woman or know one.

“Work It” by Missy Elliott

This rap anthem embraces female sexuality and defies gender norms in the rap industry. Listening to this song is a great way to celebrate sex positivity!

“Born this Way” by Lady Gaga

Before Lady Gaga was killing it on the big screen, she was helping us love ourselves with this classic 2011 jam.

“This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride

This song came out in 2003 and addresses all the struggles of growing up as a woman and encourages listeners to stand their ground and fight through hard times.

“Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift

This song is a certified bop that reminds listeners to simply “Shake It Off” and keep on keeping on!

“Firework” by Katy Perry

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?” Enough said.

“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce

A song from feminist icon Queen B which reminds us that it’s actually girls that run the world? There’s nothing better!

“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Aguliaria’s 2002 song inspires girls to love themselves and to ignore all the haters out there.

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Although this song is not as old as the others, it was an instant classic. It is a true girl power anthem that emboldens listeners to fight for what they believe in and take control of their lives.

“Try” by Colbie Caillat

Calliat reminds women that they don’t need to try so hard and that they are beautiful just the way they are.

“The Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine

This song speaks of triumphing domestic violence and finding happiness.

We hope that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane and spend your day celebrating by listening to these incredible songs!

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