We Heart: a girl named jaen’s Latest Feminist Anthem

It’s been a year since a girl named jaen released “Resist,” a catchy song about voting in the midterm elections and changing the country. But the message—and agnj’s commitment to politically-charged music—persists.

“I’m in the same positive headspace,” agnj told Ms. “I feel in these critical changing political and social times that we have no time to be weary and must stay energized.”

Cue: “Goddess.”

agnj’s latest, released last week, encourages women and girls to feel themselves—and then take action. On the track, agnj sings about “female energy, an intense femininity,” and describes herself as having an “inner warrior.” The message for women and girls who tune in is clear: We are all connected by what is within us in this movement.

The song was inspired by a dream—one in which agnj saw strong images of women, including her mother, looking like goddesses. Those powerful images of women stayed with her, and she took it as a sign. agnj realized she was not only was she surrounded by goddesses—influential, limitless women—but that she was also worthy of being one herself. 

It’s a sentiment many of us need to be reminded of sometimes, and one which could fuel a movement for empowerment during these distressing times. In “Goddess,” agnj affirms the individual strength of women and fosters a sense of solidarity. It’s just what we need to hear as feminists head into the 2020 elections.

“I have brains, strength and compassion; I have drive, beauty and passion; I have charm, humor, patience,” you’ll sing along. “I got it, ain’t no doubt about it, baby, I’m a goddess.”

The song has two versions—one explicit and one clean, so that goddesses of all ages can sing along. They can be downloaded here or streamed here


Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.