A Female Empowerment Playlist

Whether you’re a teacher, a parent, or a student, music can be a great source of solace and inspiration to keep you going during even the toughest of weeks. The songs that follow are all sung by empowered women and girls who are making their voices heard!

Here’s 6 songs I’d recommend to any woman looking for inspiration in music. 

Try by Colbie Caillat


Caillat performs this song to encourage women to be themselves. It summarizes pretty succinctly the dilemma that girls and young women are often faced with: “Do I do what I want to do and what I find to be empowering, or do I do what’s expected of me?”

I Am Light by India.Arie

A friend recommended this song to me and I’ve used it for meditation ever since. Especially for women and girls who have experienced trauma, it can be difficult to separate who you are from what’s been done to you or what’s happened to you. This song helps remind you that you are important, that you are a source of light, and that you can be yourself regardless of your past.

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift (Alex G & Alyson Stoner Cover)

 “Haters gonna hate” is definitely one of the best mantras I’ve ever heard for dealing with the people who are just trying to get you down. Following it up with “bakers gonna bake” just makes the song a little more fantastic. This cover includes Alyson Stoner, who was about 10 years old when she first danced (like a pro) in Missy Elliott’s videos and has been appearing in popular TV shows and movies ever since.

Happy by Pharrell Williams (Kina Grannis ft. Fresh Big Mouf Cover)


We might have already mentioned this song on the blog, in Roxanne’s most recent music post, but I found an awesome cover to show you. Kina Grannis and Fresh Big Mouf filmed this video entirely on the beach, with Fresh Big Mouf using found objects for the percussion.

That’s What’s Up by Edwarde Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Lennon & Maisy Cover)


I’m not sure how to put into words how sweet this cover is. The song is endearing on its own, but when it’s given voice by Lennon & Maisy, best friends, singing partners and sisters – we see a kind of love glorified that society doesn’t glorify enough for women and girls – friend and sister love.

Just Do You by India.Arie


I couldn’t resist another India.Arie song. Her music is empowering. (Also, a fun fact for Coloradans, she was born in Denver!) She is a prolific artist who has used her voice to make things better, to right injustices, and to help people time and time again. What better way to end a female empowerment playlist than with a song about being yourself by an artist who practices exactly what she preaches?

What are your thoughts? Are there any songs you’d add to the list? Let us know in the comments below or shoot us an email!