Essential Feminism

Essential Feminism

Few songs capture the spirit of a movement like Lesley Gore's feminist anthem “You Don't Own Me.” Released in 1963, it opened the door for women to sing their truth in the vastly male-dominated entertainment industry. It's the oldest song on this playlist, which is brimming with artists who've carried the torch, whether they're fearless country stars (Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves), soul and jazz legends (Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin), artful innovators (Solange, Björk), or pop queens (Whitney Houston, Beyoncé). Emerging voices like Princess Nokia, Alessia Cara, and MILCK are in great company.

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