The Ultimate Feminist Playlist To Get You Through Post-Election Blues

Election Day 2016 was hard. After crying myself to sleep for a scant four hours, and then waking up with tears in my eyes when my best friend called and said, “I can’t help feeling like we lost because America hates women,” I started to get angry. I got angry at my fellow white women who decided their whiteness was more important than their womanness and more important than our sisters of color. I got angry that all of the work I’ve spent my life on could potentially be erased. I got angry about the fact that my friends who have been sexually assaulted (which, as a reminder, is one in five women and one in 71 men in America) have to watch a man who has been charged with sexual assault multiple times take one of the most powerful positions in the world.

And when that anger started to take over, I turned to music. Specifically, I listened to more Ani Difranco than I have since I was a baby feminist in high school, listening to burned copies of Living in Clip as my best friend and I drove around in her Subaru. I listened to her words and her anger and her pain and remembered that while this anger and sadness is nothing new, the stakes have been raised once again.

And while Ani does it for me (I mean, “Not A Pretty Girl” couldn’t be more relevant right now), I know that her brand of angry folk rock isn’t for everyone. With that in mind, here are 37 feminist songs that will help you work through that anger, sadness, grief, and maybe even bring a little bit of joy. But most of all? I hope they get you pumped for the fight. Because we are going to have to bring our A game.

1. “Not A Pretty Girl” — Ani Difranco

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2. "Asking For It" — Hole

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3. "Independent Women, Part 1" — Destiny's Child

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4. "Sorry" — Beyoncé

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5. "So Yo" — Bomba Estereo

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6. "Formation" — Beyoncé

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7. "The Handmaid's Tale 1" — Lakes Of Canada

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8. "You Don't Own Me" — Lesley Gore

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9. "Pussy Control" — Prince

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10. "Crimson Wave" — Tacocat

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11. "Rebel Girl" — Bikini Kill

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12. "I'm Not Gonna Cry" — Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings

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13. "Tyrone" — Erykah Badu

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14. "Bad Reputation" — Joan Jett

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15. "Roar" — Katy Perry

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16. "Papa Don't Preach" — Madonna

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17. "Swimming Pools" — Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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18. "Elevate Or Operate" — Esperanza Spaulding

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19. "I Don't Need A Man" — Pussycat Dolls

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20. "Better Days" — Dianne Reeves

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21. "F*ck With Myself" — BANKS

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22. "Cornflake Girl" — Tori Amos

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23. "Hey Mami" — Sylvan Esso

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24. "Gravel" — Ani Difranco

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25. "Closer To Fine" — Indigo Girls

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26. "Girl On Fire" — Alicia Keys

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27. "Queen Of The World" — Claudette

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28. "Flower" — Liz Phair

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29. "Give Me One Reason" — Tracy Chapman

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30. "To Be Young, Gifted And Black" — Nina Simone

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31. "Lazy Lover" — Brazilian Girls

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32. "Let's Talk About Sex" — Salt-N-Pepa

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33. "No Scrubs" — TLC

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34. "I Choose" — India Arie

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35. "Dear Mama" — Tupac

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36. "This Woman's Work" — Kate Bush

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37. "Phenomenal Woman" — Laura Mvula

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