Melanie Martinez is Telling Teen Girls a New Story

Millions of girls now know her musical story of increasing confidence by heart—and see themselves reflected in it.

J.Lo Shows Off Her Fierce Feminist Side in New Video

Oh hey there, feminist Jennifer Lopez! The singer released a video Friday for her new song, “Ain’t Your Mama,” and it’s shot through with messages of women’s empowerment. The video opens with Lopez’ character—a news anchor—in a phone booth, talking with a lover who can’t seem to get his act together. As she heads into work, […]

Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Redemption Song

Beyoncé knows how to pick her moments (and her platforms). There is something quite poetic (both literally and figuratively) in the premiere of her sixth album, Lemonade, as a music-meets-film experience on the premium cable channel, HBO, on Saturday, April 23. Just days before her musical event, we had learned that the U.S. Treasury Department plans […]

Michelle Obama Just Dropped a Badass Girls’ Empowerment Anthem

Earlier this week we asked the question, “Can a ‘feminist anthem’ ever truly be feminist?” after the women of Saturday Night Live poked fun at women’s empowerment songs. Well, one of the nation’s most powerful women just offered up an answer to that question—and it’s a resounding yes. As part of the Obamas’ Let Girls Learn […]

Why A Cappella Groups Across the Country Are Singing for Rape Survivors

On the heels of Lady Gaga’s stirring performance of “Til It Happens To You” at this year’s Academy Awards, the filmmakers behind The Hunting Ground, for which the song was written, are calling on college-student singers nationwide to help raise awareness about the country’s campus rape crisis. Til It Happens To You: Sing For Survivors Contest invites college a cappella groups to submit a rendition […]

Meet June Millington: The First Badass Lady Rocker

This article originally appeared on Soundfly‘s blog, Flypaper. It’s 8pm on a Wednesday evening, and a pixelated June Millington waits patiently on Skype as I pull up a write-up of her massive autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges (published by No Depression). As I scroll through the summary of the 500+ page book, I realize […]

The Feminist “Hotline Bling” Translation You Didn’t Know You Were Searching For

Unless you’ve been stranded on an icy island somewhere in the Arctic this year, chances are you have heard Drake’s newest hit song, “Hotline Bling.” With its strangely addictive elevator-music-meets-Drizzy-beat—reminiscent of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”—the song quickly became a hit. While the tune is undoubtedly catchy—and the video wonderfully meme-worthy—the lyrics of “Hotline Bling” are decidedly un-feminist. […]

Adele: “I’m a Feminist”

In case you needed another reason to love Adele, she offered one in a recent interview. While making the publicity rounds for her forthcoming album, 25, due out Nov. 20, the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning singer sat down with Rolling Stone to talk life, music, motherhood and more. And while she might not be aware that there’s a […]

11 Badass Feminist Song Lyrics

There’s nothing quite like a feminist anthem to get you buzzing. Whether it’s a song about double standards, sexism or unconventional sexuality, or self-worth, respect and empowerment, these inspiring tunes from the past and present showcase feminism without fear. Click through the slideshow for some badass feminist lyrics to hum in your car, scrawl in your notebook or […]

Sexism in the Music Business? Taylor Swift & Ryan Adams Shake it Off!

It may have started as a joke. Or maybe a form of break-up therapy. Whatever led alt-rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams to record his own track-by-track version of Taylor Swift’s mega-hit album 1989, it’s turning out to be a big win for the two artists on many fronts. In what has to be a music history first, both […]