Inspiring Women In Song For International Women’s Day

March 6, 2020

Some of Australia’s most inspirational women are coming out of the kitchen to help curate the top 100 female power anthems of all time. 

The playlist will become the soundtrack for the Women of the World Australia Festival and released in time for International Women’s Day 2020 this Sunday. 

Annie Lennox’s Sisters are Doing it for Themselves is a hot pick with a range of well-known and highly regarded female leaders contributing to the power playlist. 

Vanessa Fowler, Chairperson of The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and sister of Allison chose I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack as a poignant reminder of her sister. 

Olympian and Nova radio personality Susie O’Neill has let the words fall out with her favourite, Brave by Sara Barreilles. 

Channel Seven’s Kay McGrath and co-chair of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council Qld is no stranger to Respect, which is her song pick from Aretha Franklin. 

Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds shooter, newly minted Australian citizen and advocate for online safety for girls, picked Truth Hurts by Lizzo. 

Leanne de Souza from the Women in Music Advisory Group and founder of the Rock’ n’ Roll Writers Festival chose You Gotta Be by Des’ree. 

While Cathy Hunt Executive Producer of WOW Australia is putting her hand up for the Annie Lennox hit, this is just a handful of the 100 strong songs to make the cut in a musical celebration of female resilience and achievement. 

Nightlife Music curator Kelly Hines, who is leading the compilation said the playlist will have wide appeal. 

“There are tracks that will resonate with an older generation such as Carole King’s You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman and I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan, while Taylor Swift’s The Man and The Greatest from Sia will no doubt be popular picks for contemporary music fans.” 

“One song that may surprise a lot of people is, It’s A Man’s Man’s World sung by Renee Geyer, because the original song was actually written and made famous by James Brown. On the surface that may not seem fitting for a female power anthem list but it’s the famous line in the song ‘This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl’ that makes a compelling female statement. 

“The artists that have more than one song in the list are Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Hailee Steinfeld, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Shania Twain, Spice Girls and Taylor Swift.” 

“Music is such a powerful way to communicate and these songs collectively send such a strong and joyous message.” 

The playlist is in no order and more songs will be added with visitors to WOW choosing, playing and voting for their favourites to determine the top 100. 

Listen to the playlist here. 

Check out SheSociety’s curated playlist here!

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