By Joelle Ngo
This March, we celebrate the strength and beauty of women all over the world in honor of Women's Month. It’s tremendously important for women to celebrate and accept their self-worth—after all, what makes a woman really beautiful is when she carries it in her heart and simply reflects outwards and on to other people.
Take it from these talented female music icons who created these power anthems in celebration of all the strong and independent women in the world! Acknowledging beauty in others starts in embracing our self-worth and beauty and one of the best ways to assert your power and recognize your true worth is through listening to the songs of other strong women just like yourself!
“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Whenever you feel like a little boat in a vast ocean, this song tells you not to underestimate your capabilities because you can bring a monumental impact and change to the world as long as you believe and stand strong.
“Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson. This song speaks of breaking free from adversity and coming out stronger. It conveys a good reminder to everyone who’s had their heart broken that they can rise up from the ashes and still be invincible!
“Perfect” by Pink. You may have had experiences that led you to think you’re not good enough, pretty enough, or you’ll never amount to anything, but Pink delivers a very important message in this song that most women often forget to realize: You are enough and you are perfect.
"Try” by Colbie Caillat. Most women struggle so much from trying to meet others’ expectations—especially when it comes to body image—but Colbie’s empowering song and accompanying video affirms that you don’t have to try so hard and change the way you are because you are just as beautiful as your made-up face.
“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. "I break tradition, sometimes, my tries are outside the lines. We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way." It’s a line that almost everyone can relate to. Everyone has had their fair share of failures, but this song reminds us that it must not stop us from living our life to the fullest!
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles. There’s nothing more courageous than a woman who knows how to stand and speak up for herself. It’s so easy to be silent because, oftentimes, it’s much more comfortable holding back the truth. You’ll soon realize, however, that doing the contrary might be hard, but it’s actually more liberating.
“Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld. An empowered woman isn’t afraid to stand on her own even if it means leaving an unhealthy relationship and being alone (not lonely). She finds her self-worth not in a guy, but in her own identity.
“Confident” by Demi Lovato. Demi shows that a confident woman doesn’t let anyone undermine her dignity. They are their own boss and do not let other people dictate who they are by being confident in their self-identity.
“Who Says” by Selena Gomez. Selena reminds you that you and only you define who you really are. She also hinted through asking these important questions that the answers are usually found within yourself, and that you’re capable of doing anything as long as you choose to believe you can achieve it.
“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?”
“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé. Well, this list would certainly not be complete without a Queen Bey classic. With lyrics such as “we're smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children then get back to business,” who wouldn’t agree that there are really no other better living creatures who can run the world than girls?
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