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Empowering Women In The Music Industry

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The music industry is very influential because the artists’ audiences take to heart what their music says. Women in the music industry have been forever showing off their girl power with their words. Here are five empowering women in the music industry. Of course this isn’t a complete list, but these are just a few women who stand at the moment.


Kehlani, who is an R&B soul singer/song writer is a great example of an empowering woman. At 20 years old, she already has a famous mixtape and she recently came out with a new album. Her mixtape ‘You should be here’ came out in 2015 and hit a million plays in the first 24 hours on soundcloud. Her new album that came out on January 27th titled ‘SweetSexySavage’ has been very popular as well, but since its only been a week since it came out its hard to tell how it’ll turn out.

In the past, Kehlani has been accused of cheating on one of her previous boyfriends with another man. After that news came out she was slut shamed for something that never happened. It got to the point where she attempted suicide. After surviving the attempt, afterwards she still got shamed for doing it for “attention.” Suicide is never a joke and no one deserves to be treated the way she was. Since this incident, she has used her platform and experience to educate girls and boys the importance of self love and toxic relationships to grow and empower women and men.

Some of her empowering songs are:

  • Bright
  • Runnin’
  • Piece of Mind


Beyonce is one of the most popular feminist icons of our generation. She previously was in a group called “Destiny’s Child” and that was one of the most popular girl groups of all time. As a solo artist, she is one of the best selling artists of all time. When ‘Lemonade’ came out she was the first artist to have her first six studio albums to be number one on the top 200 billboard chart. Overall, you could say Beyonce is very talented.

Being the feminist she is, she has inspired many women, and men, to be independent and do things on their own. She also focuses on relationships and the importance of making her partner happy. Being both a wife and mother, she has accomplished so much. Each one of her songs has a great meaning that many people can relate to.

She is also a Black Lives Matter activist which makes her woke as heck.

Just a few of her empowering songs are :

  • 7/11
  • Single Ladies
  • Who Run The World? (Girls)


Adele is currently one of the most popular and successful British artists, and she has been since 2009. She has won awards for every album she has put out, has been on Billboards Top 100, and has been named Billboards Artist of the Year for 3 years. She has sold over 100 million records making her the best selling recording artist in the world.

Adele is a feminist because she believes in equality for men and women, and because she believes that women are strong and powerful. Although feminism is often linked to the distancing of traditional female roles (such as getting married and having children), Adele feels motherhood gave her a true purpose in life. Although many people would disagree that that isn’t what feminism is supposed to be, Adele proves that feminism is whatever makes you feel empowered as a woman.

Empowering songs by Adele:

  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • Rumour Has It
  • Someone Like You

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has made many popular albums as well has been in many films. Her R&B style has gotten most of  her albums to the top 100 of all the prominent lists. She has won over 15 Grammy awards, 17 NAACP awards, and she has sold over 35 million albums. She was named one of the most influential artists of all time in 2005 and is now a coach on the The Voice.

As great as her music career has been in the past, the way she currently  puts herself out there is how she’s best known. Alicia Key’s has her no makeup movement where she goes makeup free at all times. She’ll only do a simple brow and moisturize to keep her skin glowy. She encourages other women to do the same but she respects everyone’s decision to wear makeup or not.

Empowering songs by Alicia Keys are:

  • Girl on Fire
  • A Woman’s Worth
  • Superwoman


Halsey is an American singer/songwriter who started her singing career by posting YouTube videos of her singing in 2012. She also released a song called “Ghost” on soundcloud getting her signed with a record label. She then released an EP titled “Room 93” in October 2014. Later, she released her debut album titled “Badlands” in 2015. She said she is releasing new music later in 2017 as well.

Halsey described her “Badlands” album as an “Angry Female Record”. Her songs are empowering to women because she describes situations that happen in real life allowing everyone to relate. She talks about unhealthy relationships in her songs and expresses her feelings about them. She is an intersectional feminist meaning she believes feminism should be for everyone no matter their circumstances.

Some of her empowering songs are:

  • Gasoline
  • Hold Me Down
  • Control
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One Response to “Empowering Women In The Music Industry”

  1. Kerry Fiero on April 6th, 2017 10:47 pm

    Dear Ashlyn,

    I know Kehlani – since she was young- and super happy to see her included here.

    Will you cover Girl Power! Women working in the Music Industry Conference 5/20 in Berkeley, CA?

    More empowerment for women in Music!


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