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

3. “Roar” by Katy Perry

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Oh, “Roar.” Even if you’re not usually a fan of Perry’s bubblegum lyrics and earworm-inducing refrains, you have to admit that this one has real staying power.

Lyrics to belt out:

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough

4. “Video” by India.Arie

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India.Arie’s mellow, happy track is a lesson in learning to love yourself, and then being totally unapologetic about it.

Lyrics to belt out:

I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen

5. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

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It’s never too early to learn that you can make your own destiny, something “Unwritten” gets across perfectly in this sunshine-y song.

Lyrics to belt out:

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

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6. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

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This was a lot of ladies’ summer jam this past season, and for good reason: It’s a song to kick ass to.

Lyrics to belt out:

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

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