With Trump and other disappointments, we could all use some good pick-me-up feminist songs. Serious issues require small balms to help us feel strong and like the world isn’t just deteriorating, there are powerful women and men out there making a difference.

Here are the lyrics of five feminist songs that make me feel like I can take on the world, with links to them on Youtube.

“We teach 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.

Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important

Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are

Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes”

Beyonce, Flawless

“When boys be talking about their bitches, no one’s making a fuss

There’s a glass ceiling to break”

Lily Allen, Hard Out Here

“Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worst
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts”

Beyoncé, Pretty Hurts

“Na, na, na, diva is a female version of a huslter
Of a hustler, of a, of a huslter

Since fifteen in my stilettos been struttin’ in this game
What’s your age? Was the question they asked when I hit the stage
I’m a diva, best believe her, you see her, she getting paid
She ain’t callin’ him to greet her, don’t need him, her bed’s made”

Beyoncé, Diva

“I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world
Help me raise a glass for the college grads”

Beyoncé, Run The World (Girls)

I hope these songs made your day a little better. If you feel like you need an even bigger pick-me-up, here are a few posts I’d recommend:

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