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Throughout history music has been used to express opinions about current events. For example:
“Give Peace a Chance” – John Lennon (1969) – An anthem for peace at the height of the Vietnam era.
In terms of the Women’s Rights Movement, one can find numerous songs that call for women to be given their proper rights within society.
For this assignment, you will pick 2 of the 4 songs below. You will then write an analysis of how the lyrics of each song makes a statement about Women’s Rights.
1. “Just a Girl” by No Doubt (Gwen Stefania) 1995 – Gwen Stefani originally wrote this song as an act of rebellion against her strict parents who wouldn’t let her drive out late at night, but with its snarky lyrics satirizing the way society shelters young women, it had all the ingredients to be a punk feminist statement.
2. “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore 1964 – Leslie Gore was definitely not a protest singer but over the next several years as the women’s movement became what it did in the 1960s and early 1970s, that song was adopted because it was specifically about the fact that women can make choices for themselves.”
3. “I’m Gonna Be An Engineer” by Peggy Seeger – Addresses many of the issues that concerned women in 1970.
4. “Fight Song” Rachel Platten 2015 – This became Hillary Clinton’s Campaign song in a run for the presidency in 2016.