Stilettos and Rouge

 

Womanhood cannot be defined by a few simple words.

I’ve rewritten this post a few times now. I cannot decide which aspects of womanhood matter most — which ones to highlight. In the end, I cannot do it all. I can only accentuate what I’ve compiled together in this playlist.

It’s amazing how music can help us. It moves us — physically and emotionally. It understands us in ways we need to be understood. This playlist helps me conquer the world. I’ve heard that there are some times you shouldn’t send a man to do a woman’s job. That sounds a bit harsh, but I can attest that I have benefited from listening to a woman’s voice in place of a man’s when I need to be empowered or when I need to fight the patriarchy. They help lift me up when I’m feeling low. They give me a squad when I’m feeling alone.

So if you need a set of girls, here they are. They aren’t all in Stilettos and Rouge, but they’ll make you feel like you are (thats an empowering thought to me — A girl who can be fiercely woman and yet still kick ass).

Some of the songs are about kicking a man’s ass (literal or metaphorical) for being a jackass. Some songs are about being who you are when the world tells you not to. Some are about proudly wearing your sexuality as the world shouts slut at you. The subjects vary greatly, but the intention is the same: #GirlPower

 

Black Velvet — Alannah Myles

Lady Marmalade — Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, P!nk,

My Lovin’ — En Vogue

Girl on Fire — Alicia Keys

Respect — Aretha Franklin

Problem — Ariana Grande

You Don’t Own Me (version from First Wives Club) by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, & Diane Keaton

Naughty Girl — Beyonce

Can’t Hold Us Down — Christina Aguilera

Piece of My Heart — Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin)

One Way or Another — Blondie

Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) — Blu Cantrell

Toxic — Britney Spears

You’re So Vain — Carly Simon

Burlesque Soundtrack — Cher & Christina Aguilera

Welcome to Burlesque — Cher

Express — Christina Aguilera

 

Independent Women Part 1 — Destiny’s Child

He Wasn’t Man Enough — Toni Braxton

Free Your Mind — En Vogue

 

Bitch — Meredith Brooks

F**kin’ Perfect — P!nk

I Will Survive — Gloria Gaynor

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper

Run the World (Girls) — Beyonce

Krystal Harris — Super Girl

Barracuda — Heart

Hard Out Here — Lily Allen

Q.U.E.E.N. — Janelle Monae

Bang Bang — Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj

Bye Bye — Jo Dee Messina

Redneck Woman — Gretchen Wilson

The Fear — Lily Allen

Glass Ceiling — Metric

Shoop — Salt-N-Pepa

Shake It Off — Taylor Swift

You Lie — The Band Perry

Bad Reputation — Joan Jett

What’s Love Got to do With It? — Tina Turner

Silly Ho — TLC

Raise Your Glass — P!nk

Fighter — Christina Aguilera

Mustang Sally — Wilson Pickett

 

Bills, Bills, Bills — Destiny’s Child

Womanizer — Britney Spears

Chain of Fools — Aretha Franklin

I Hate Myself for Loving You — Joan Jett

No Scrubs — TLC

Hollaback Girl — Gwen Stefani

Love Me Like a Man — Bonnie Raitt

No — Meghan Trainor

Scars to Your Beautiful — Alessia Cara

These Boots are Made for Walking — Nancy Sinatra

Unpretty — TLC

Sit Still, Look Pretty — Daya

This One’s for the Girls — Martina McBride

Guys do it All the Time — Mindy McCready

Firework — Katy Perry

Survivor — Destiny’s Child

 

 

 

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