Happy International Women's Day! While it's important to celebrate women breaking boundaries all the time, today provides a special opportunity to put the focus on a range of female forces using their work to empower others like them everywhere. From politicians to LGBTQ+ activists to creatives breaking boundaries in their fields, there are so many women who make headlines with their achievements, and music has proven to be a consistently powerful way to do so. In addition to bringing the artist behind it to prominence, an empowering song can inspire many other women doing important work that goes unseen, whether it's learning to stand up against challenges in their own lives or engaging in grassroots activism.
From Lizzo to Kesha to Megan Thee Stallion, there are so many inspiring women on the music scene today, and long before them came iconic empowerment anthems from the likes of Cher, Aretha Franklin, and Lesley Gore. To celebrate all of them, we've curated a playlist of 30 songs, spanning contemporary hits by top female artists and early feminist statements alike. Whether you're spending this International Women's Day working hard or enjoying a well-deserved day to relax, these empowering bops will surely get your celebration off to a strong start.