By Amanda Wicks
Throughout her career Beyoncé has been a champion for women to be able to stand strong on their own, and she’s voiced this through a number of anthems and ballads.
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Whether telling them to leave their broke boyfriends or singing about girls running the world, Queen Bey slays with a purpose. And her strong voice for female empowerment only continues to get stronger. Here are her five most empowering songs.
Empowerment doesn’t have to come via loud, boastful songs. In the melancholy “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce calls out the kind of pressure placed on women to look, act, and be a certain way. Her observations of how society values women was resonated in a big way, giving the song an impact equal to her louder anthems.
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”
What Beyoncé would eventually do for girls and women everywhere with “Run the World (Girls),” she started with “Single Ladies.” It’s an anthem for singles everywhere, one that boldly proclaims to all the exes out there who didn’t get it the first time around: “You had your turn/ And now you’re going to learn/ What it really feels like to miss me.”
Not one of her most popular songs, “Grown Woman” nonetheless offers up an important chorus that repeatedly states, “I’m a grown woman/ I can do whatever I want.” It’s an important reminder that women don’t need to –and shouldn’t have to –ask for permission when it comes to living their own lives and pursuing their dreams.
“Run the World (Girls)”
This anthemic tribute to female strength and solidarity comes power packed with a military rhythm and music video that only added to its overall prowess. In the song, Beyoncé is her own best warrior, a fighter who doesn’t need a man to win her battles because she comes out swinging every time.
It’s the song that stole the show at the Super Bowl; how many other artists would take the stage in front of the biggest TV audience of the year, and perform a song that was released just 24 hours earlier? On top of that, a politically charged song? Few, if any. Beyoncé’s “Formation” resonated with women and men alike, but when she calls herself a “Black Bill Gates in the making,” she proves she has as much power as any man. As the song says, via Big Freedia, “I did not come to play with you hoes, haha/ I came to slay, b-tch.”