Songs of strength for women

29 Mar 2023

The bulk of healthcare, education and the care and support sector is comprised of women. Despite the providing the backbone and sustenance of our society, these areas remain under-resourced and under enormous strain. In recent discussions in our Creative Embodied Supervision Groups here at Tempo, discussions have explored the frustrations of working within a patriarchal system: as women, how do we stand up for ourselves? how do we unlearn internalised misogyny? how do we back ourselves? There are many paths to these answers. These songs are offered in support of this quest - thank you to these strong songwriters and performers for your support and inspiration.

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Don't think about making women fit the world — think about making the world fit women.

Gloria Steinem

Woman - Clare Bowditch

Superwoman - Alicia Keys

Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves - Eurythmics feat. Aretha Franklin

Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauren Hill

Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Run the World (Girls) - Beyoncé

Done - Frazey Ford

About Damn Time - Lizzo

I speak because I can - Laura Marling

Girl on fire - Alicia Keys

Woman - Neneh Cherry

Brave - Sara Bareilles

Roar - Katy Perry

I am woman - Helen Reddy

Independent Women #1 - Destiny's Child

Rise Up - Andra Day

Unstoppable - Sia

Homecoming Queen - Thelma Plum

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - Aretha Franklin

If you'd like to access these songs and more, check out the 'Songs of strength for women' playlist on Spotify here.

There are so many more wonderful, inspiring songs from women. If you don't see your favourite here, I'd love for you to share it with me so I can add it to the list. Please share here!

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