Earlier today, we pointed out that a lot of songs dubbed "female empowerment anthems" were actually crafted by men (hooray for using feminism as a marketing technique!). But no fear, my wonderful women. There's plenty of talented female-gendered people who actually put pen to manuscript paper (or they just used ProTools, whatever) to write songs geared toward other ladies.
Now, granted, the following examples still feature a lot of men as collaborators, but some songs—like Taylor Swift's "Mean" and Angie Martinez's "Ladies Night"—are all estrogen. There are a lot of problematic parts of the music industry, but there should always be room for these feel-good anthems. Rise up, girls!
Writers: Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Maegan Cottone, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall
The Little Mix members had their hands all over this song, which features a ton of writers, including British talent Maegan Cottone. "Salute" takes an almost militant stance on gathering a female army, and the video is equally as badass (and nearly misandrist, if you take those man-leashes seriously).
Best lyric: "Don't need ammunition, on a mission / And we'll hit you with the truth / Divas, Queens, we don't need no man, salute"