Feminist Letters Edition | Written by the editors of PB | Published on May 29, 2023

Emily Bauman

We teach the girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.
We say to girls, “You can have ambition, but not too much.”
“You should aim to be successful, but not too successful.”
“Otherwise, you will threaten the man.”

Beyoncé, Platinum Edition, Flawless.

Feminism in music is an influential and dynamic movement that uplifts women’s voices, challenges gender stereotypes, and advocates for equality.

Through empowering lyrics, artists utilize their platform to address issues such as sexism, objectification, and gender-based discrimination. This genre of music sparks essential conversations, ignites social change, and inspires individuals to embrace their power while advocating for gender equality.

Let us have a look at a few songs that are on our playlist.

Flawless by Beyoncé and Can’t Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera are examples of songs that shed light on the existence of double standards in our society. These songs courageously tackle issues related to gender inequality and challenge the ways women are perceived and treated.

With its iconic line, “I woke up like this,” Flawless emphasizes self-acceptance and celebrates women embracing their authentic selves. Beyoncé’s lyrics confront societal beauty standards and the pressure on women to conform, asserting that women are beautiful and worthy just as they are. The song’s message highlights the double standard that excessively emphasizes women’s appearance and imposes unrealistic expectations upon them.

Similarly, Can’t Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera addresses the double standards and discrimination faced by women in various aspects of life, including relationships, sexuality, and professional pursuits. The song advocates for women’s empowerment, urging them to stand against these inequalities and reclaim their voices and agency.

These songs serve as powerful anthems for feminist empowerment, challenging societal norms and encouraging listeners to question and break free from the limitations imposed by double standards.

By taking a different angle on feminism, Madonna brings attention to womanhood’s emotional and psychological aspects, aiming to evoke empathy and promote dialogue. “What It Feels Like for a Girl” invites listeners to contemplate women’s unique challenges, fostering a deeper understanding of the pervasive gender inequalities that persist.


  1. Beautiful article! I remember listening to “Run the World (Girls)” when I finally found my first full time job finishing college at 43. I felt so empowered and it was a job I really wanted!

    • Hello Lisa, we are glad you enjoyed the article. It’s incredible how music can have such a profound impact on our emotions and experiences. It is excellent to hear you got your dream job! Congratulations!

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