On January 21, 2017, I participated in the Women’s March. It was energizing to join a local intersectional protest led by women. It was beautiful to see people united around several progressive causes. It was powerful to know that I was marching with millions of people across seven continents. The worldwide solidarity was palpable that day.
Flash forward to March 8, 2017, and it has been difficult to sustain the same level of hope and energy. We already knew this on January 21st, but it’s difficult to know what it truly feels like until you’re in it.
Another day, another absurdity. Another day, another rejection of a group’s humanity. It can be hard to smotivation through the daily fury, frustration, and sadness. It can be difficult to keep showing up, physically, mentally, and emotionally. And yet we must persist.
For International Women’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of songs performed by powerful female singers that lift me up and sustain me. Feel free to add to the list and share songs that inspire you.
“I Can’t Keep Quiet” by MILCK
Play this when: You’re searching for the courage to make your voice heard.
“New World” by Zap Mama
Play this when: You need a reminder that there’s still hope and you have the ability to make a difference in your own way.
“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round” by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Play this when: You want to call on the strength and persistence of past generations that have fought for civil rights.
“Retreat!” by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Play this when: You need the courage to take a stand against oppression .
“River” by Ibeyi
Play this when: You need to remember that no one is perfect in their quest for justice. You will stumble, you will make mistakes. Reassess, renew, and keep moving forward.
“I’ll Keep a Light in My Window” by Alice Russell
Play this when: You need to remember what you’re fighting for and the importance of being an ally.
“Keep on Livin'” by Le Tigre
Play this when: You need high energy inspiration to keep going.
“Nevertheless, she persisted.”