15 Fierce female-empowerment songs every mom should teach her daughter

There’s nothing more gratifying than grabbing a hairbrush or rolling the windows down and belting out a few tunes that give you goose bumps, unless of course you’re doing it with your daughter.

The girl power song is a staple of growing up, and the songs with lyrics that make us feel more beautiful and more empowered when we’re singing them are like a special soundtrack just for us. One of the coolest parts of parenting a daughter is passing on songs of wisdom, self-acceptance and badassery to our girls. Here’s just a small sampling of some of the best ones.

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1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin


We’re just going to go ahead and start with Her Highness Aretha and her flawless girl-power masterpiece, “Respect.” Every girl needs a copy of the single around the same time she gets a training bra.

Lyrics to belt out: 

What you want
(Ooh) Baby, I got
(Ooh) What you need
(Ooh) Do you know I’ve got it
(Ooh) All I’m askin’
(Ooh) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(Just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

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2. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles


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This anti-bullying anthem is just what you need. It’s what everyone needs. Plus: dancing!

Lyrics to belt out:

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Next Up: Teach your girl to “Roar”

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