The Best Songs About Women's Rights

In the never ending fight for equality, songs about women's rights can be powerful energizers and catalysts for real change. Through the medium of music, many artists have been able to pour their feelings of fight and frustration into the world to be received by others. Some of the songs on this list became notable anthems for change while some others abrasively vent about the state of women's rights while pointing out injustices and hypocrisies.

In 1989, rap was still a young art form and Queen Latifah paved the way for the rich landscape of female talent in hip-hop today when she pointed out some struggles women face in “Ladies First”. Meanwhile, Milck's “Quiet” became synonymous with the Women's March in 2018. This list also includes riot grrrl icons like Le Tigre and Bikini Kill.

Vote below for your favorites and check out our songs about women's empowerment list for similar suggestions.


  • “Rebel Girl” - Bikini Kill (1992)
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    “Rebel Girl” - Bikini Kill (1992)

    This iconic feminist anthem was recorded three different times through the band's career.

    When she talks, I hear the revolution
    In her hips, there's revolution
    When she walks, the revolution's coming
    In her kiss, I taste the revolution

  • “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” - X-Ray Spex (1978)
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    “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” - X-Ray Spex (1978)

    Their greatest hit and most iconic song, “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” is the first single by X-Ray Spex.

    Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard
    But I think
    "Oh bondage, up yours"
    One, two, three, four

  • “9 to 5” - Dolly Parton (1980)
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    “9 to 5” - Dolly Parton (1980)

    Written for the movie of the same name, Parton's song addresses gender inequality in the workplace.

    Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'
    Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
    They just use your mind and they never give you credit
    It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
    9 to 5, for service and devotion
    You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion
    Want to move ahead but the boss won't seem to let me
    I swear sometimes that man is out to get me
    Mmmmm...

  • “Hot Topic” - Le Tigre (1999)
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    “Hot Topic” - Le Tigre (1999)

    As one of most important figures of the riot grrrl movement, Le Tigre's most powerful track might be “Hot Topic.”

    So many rules and so much opinion
    So much sh*t to give in, give in to
    So many rules and so much opinion
    So much bullsh*t but we won't give in

  • “Ladies First” - Queen Latifah (1989)
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    “Ladies First” - Queen Latifah (1989)

    Queen Latifah gives props to all the strong women in her life.

    Desperately stressing I'm the daughter of a sister
    Who's the mother of a brother who's the brother of another
    Plus one more; all four
    Have a job to do, we doing it
    Respect due, to the mother who's the root of it

  • "Typical Girls" - The Slits (1979)
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    "Typical Girls" - The Slits (1979)

    “Typical Girls” satirically asks what the typical girl looks like.

    Who invented the typical girl?
    Who's bringing out the new improved model?
    And there's another marketing ploy
    Typical girl gets the typical boy
    Who invented the typical girl?
    Who's bringing out the new improved model?
    And there's another marketing ploy
    Typical girl gets the typical boy