Being born female means more than the XX chromosomes. It means you have won the reproduction battle and it means flying the flag for feminism and equality from the moment you take your first breath. Now is the time to win the gender war. For generations our female ancestors faced huge inequities. They were forced to be submissive, denied the vote, paid less in the workplace and dismissed as ‘damsel in distress’ type characters whose role was homemaking and childbearing.

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Well not anymore. From Emily Pankhurst and Barbara to Mother Teresa and the late Margaret Thatcher, over the years women have proved that they are strong, powerful and worthy, and that we have a voice worth listening to. These women paved the way for equality and freedom for their sisters and we owe it to them, and to ourselves, to continue their fight.

‘The weaker sex’, ‘less than her male counterpart’, throughout time we have been endlessly portrayed and constrained by such misogynistic claims. Yet history and biology both indicate that we are in fact far from the weak links in the chain. But there is another way to celebrate being female that doesn’t involve protests and political standpoints, or any deliberate flag waving: music. “We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats” sang the suffragettes in the Disney classic Mary Poppins, trailblazing the way for women to sing loud and proud. Then Helen Reddy crooned “I am woman: hear me roar” – but the girl power didn’t stop there. Soul sister Gloria Gaynor, country songstress Shania Twain and pop sensations the Spice Girls are just a few other female artists who have used their lyrics to inspire women. But recently, if there is one musician who has dedicated her musical work to empowering women everywhere, it has to be Beyoncé.


The superstar is hell-bent on reminding the world that we are the stronger sex. Her lyrics “Boy, you know you love it how we’re smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business” show she really believes women can do it all, and she has continually championed us to be independent women throughout her reign as the Queen of Pop.

Never underestimate us women and, to answer our title question, I’ll hand over to Beyoncé herself: Who runs the world? Girls.

About the author

At 5ft 1 (and a half) Sophie may be small but she is certainly fierce. After finding out she was dyslexic at the age of seven she made it her life’s mission to wage a war against words and carve a career out of a craft she admired so much. Hard work, determination and a lot of journals later, Sophie graduated with a degree in journalism. Her obsession and love for the written word has seen her as Editor at Semple to now blogging her way around the world. She’s irrationally angry, partial to a LARGE glass of chardonnay and has an intolerance for most people.

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