“I’m every woman, it’s all in meeeeeeeeeeee.”
There are several songs that will always have a special place in my heart and guarantee a spontaneous one-woman concert performance. Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I’m Every Woman” is definitely one of those songs.
Coming of age in the 90s meant interesting times for women and girls. Apart from those of us belting out the soundtrack to The Bodyguard in our living rooms, the Spice Girls were preaching girl power and Destiny’s Child exploded onto the scene with their fierce melodies. Suddenly women musicians everywhere were strumming along to the angsty sounds of Alanis Morissette, and 4 Non Blondes wondered, “What’s going on?”
Music has the power to mobilize a generation, representing a drumbeat towards inspiration and action, and it helps express who we are as people. When I embarked on my fitness journey a little more than a month ago, I looked to these strong ladies for musical encouragement.
To my knowledge, there has never been a Beyoncé song called “I Would Love Myself More If My Thighs Were Smaller.” Have you seen Beyoncé? She LOVES her thighs. It seemed counterintuitive to love the positive messages in these 80s/90s/2000s anthems and then participate in some hardcore body-shaming. I refuse to treat myself with anything but kindness and respect, and I urge you to do the same.
If you’re anything like me, you know music can be your biggest motivator. I recommend listening to this playlist during a good workout. It’s jam-packed with upbeat reminders that girl power is alive and well, and includes few guilty pleasures too. In the words of Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, “the rhythm is gonna get you.”
What song gets you motivated? Write it in the comments!
Katie Warchol is a senior social media specialist at ProMedica. She earned her bachelor of science in journalism from Bowling Green State University.