Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" is the first song, of course, on Sam Ronson and MC Lyte's new "Women Are Watching" playlist, commissioned by Planned Parenthood in order to raise further awareness for next week's election.
MC Lyte: "Women of color are pivotal in determining the outcome of this election. I know how important it is to empower my community to get out the vote and what better way to do that than with my favorite female powered music tracks? Working in a male dominated field, I've never succumbed to pressure because of my gender and I'm certainly not going to start by letting politicians have a say in what I do with my body this Election Day. And neither should you." WORD EM UP, to borrow a phrase from the '80s.
Accordingly, the playlist bangs, packed with strong selections from badass women ranging from Chaka Khan and Janelle Monáe to Dolly Parton and Katy Perry. Samantha Ronson administered a caveat: "People might not think of me as a political person but when our rights are on the ballot, I can't sit back. Making this playlist to help get out the vote was a no brainer for me," said Samantha Ronson. "Supporting women's health issues is just common sense but incorporating music to do so is a really exciting idea. The more it helps motivate people to get off their asses and get to the polls, the better."
It also makes sense because sometimes you just wanna listen to music when you go to the polls. (Not to be cheesy BUT raise your hand if you had Young Jeezy's "My President" on repeat on your iPod WHILE you were at the voting spot in 2008. ["AND CC ALLAH"]) There's no Helen Reddy on this jawn but the gist is there: sisters are doin' it for themselves, as it were, and this music is meant to raise awareness for the ballots on which women's health issues are at stake, all clockable here. Listen to the playlist on Spotify, and take pleasure in the fact that MC Lyte is at home bumping Shania Twain.
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