Summer 2022: MEDIAGIRLS Girl+-Power Playlist Vol. 7

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s a tradition here at MEDIAGIRLS to create an empowering playlist featuring songs recommended by our Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Our YAB is a group of #REALMEDIAGIRLS that help provide us with young people’s perspectives on social media and its impact through the completion of monthly missions. This month, we asked each member to choose two songs created by girls+ artists that has an empowering message. We hope you give these songs a listen and share them with the girls+ in your life!

Zoe Brita

Song Choice 1: “The Man” by Taylor Swift

Reason: “This song belongs on the Summer 2022 Girls+ Power Playlist because it is a song about women’s rights and standing up for other women. I find it as a really empowering song about sticking up for myself and other girls+ around me.”

Song Choice 2: “About Damn Time” by Lizzo

Reason: “This belongs on the Summer 2022 Girls+ Power Playlist because Lizzo is a feel good artist who spreads messages of body positivity, being your authentic self, and marching to the beat of your own drum on and off of social media.”

Ella Smith

Song Choice 1: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett

Reason: “It’s a very empowering discussion of expectations vs who a person is.”

Song Choice 2: “Dumb Blonde” by Dolly Parton

Reason: “Dolly discusses that although people see her as “dumb” just because she doesn’t fit their idea of “smart” that she is smarter than anyone gives her credit for.”

Maya Klink

Song Choice 1: “Roar” by Katy Perry

Reason: “This song belongs on the playlist because it hypes you up and the lyrics are inspirational like “you held me down but I got up.”

Song Choice 2: “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo

Reason: “This song is about a women and how great she is. the name of the song is miss independent which just by the name shows how girls don’t need a man. but the lyrics also show that.”

Clara Tripp:

Song Choice 1: “I Owe You Nothing” by Seinabo Sey

Reason: “This powerful song reminds girls+ that we owe nothing to the patriarchy or male gaze. It encourages us to take control and be ourselves without façades. Plus, Sey has amazing vocals and mixes, and has released a number of other empowering songs!”

Song Choice 2: “Fight Like a Girl” by Zolita

Reason: “This anthem is all about breaking out of society’s expectations and rising up against the patriarchy. It also includes several lines of “my body, my choice, my rights, and my voice” which is particularly relevant.”

Eden Stein

Song Choice 1: “Cool for the Summer” by Demi Lovato

Reason: “Demi is gender queer and the song is about taking risks, experimenting, and having a fun summer.”

Song Choice 2: “ABCDEFU” by Gayle

Reason: “This song is the Generation Z version of Alanis Morisette’s You Oughta Know.”

We hope you enjoyed these uplifting songs and take some time to learn about our Youth Advisory Board!