For Egalitarian Christian Feminists, the struggle against patriarchal nonsense and oppression based theology can be the realest of struggles. If you’re in need of a break from standing your ground and defending not only your opinion, but your right to have an opinion for the umpteenth time, here is the perfect playlist to help drown out the mansplaining naysayers of the patriarchy.
NOTE: No, most of the artists featured do not identify as Feminists and some not even as Christian, but I think anyone who is tired of defending women’s freedom to lead and viability as image bearers can find a reason to sing along, even if these aren’t the perfect Feminist Song.
You can listen along to the *official* playlist on my Spotify Account.
1. ***Flawless by Beyonce (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
It’s iconic Beyonce and features one of my favorite authors; making it number one on our list. This version of the song includes a segment of Adichie’s TedX talk titled “Why We Should All Be Feminists” which I mentioned in an earlier post. The song has a clean and explicit version depending on your level of angst and personal beliefs about cursing.
Best Line: “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife. Don’t get it twisted.”
2. One Girl Revolution – Battle Mix by Superchick
Superchick was so influential for me they’ve made it on the list twice. This first song was featured in the Disney Channel Original movie “Cadet Kelly” and I fell so in love with it I was thrilled to find out the band was Christian. This may have been the fist time I realized it was cool to be outspoken AND be a Christian woman.
Best Line: “I can lose my hard earned freedom if my fear defines my world.”
3. Anthem by Superchick
Seriously, there could be a whole post of why Superchick is the best Christian Feminist band of all time (though they may not know it). Anthem is for the women who don’t fit the mold of the culture-bound “Proverbs 31 woman”. If you’ve ever rolled your eyes at the sight of yet another women’s devotional with a pink flowery cover, this is your jam.
Best Line: “We don’t have time for your games. We have our own goals to score. There are trophies to win instead of being one of yours.”If you roll your eyes at yet another women's devotional with a pink flowery cover, this is your… Click To Tweet
4. Anticonformity by Krystal Meyers
If the songs so far have been a little hard for your taste, don’t worry. Not every song on the list is a punk rock anthem, but Anticonformity is just too perfect not to include. Women who are called to leadership or believe in the God given right and ability to do so often feel outside of the Church or vilified by those around them. This song is a reminder that it’s okay to be different. (Especially when you’re following Christ and not the crowd.)
Best Line: “They conform. Un-individuality. They conform. Forget about variety”
5. Not Backing Down by Blanca (feat. Tedashii)
Blanca has an exquisite voice and the message here is pretty clear. With a little help from rapper, Tedashii, this song is a gift for those needing to hear that God is their strength in times of trial. When we run into obstacles along the path God has called us we don’t back down. Amen?
Best Line: “I follow the leader, and where He may take me may make me a leader.”
6. Brave by Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles begins the softer side of the list. And if you haven’t seen this adaptation of her song, you simply must. We are told to be helpmeets, but honestly, I want to see us be brave. (See what I did there?)
Best Line: “And since your history of silence, Won’t do you any good, Did you think it would? Let your words be anything but empty. Why don’t you tell them the truth?”
7. Born for This (Esther) by Mandisa
Fans of the The Story will perhaps recognize Mandisa’s contribution to the album of songs written for popular Bible characters. Her powerful vocals and even more powerful lyrics make the character of Esther truly come to life; showing her for the outspoken leader she was.
Best Line: “Sometimes you gotta go uninvited. Sometimes you gotta speak when you don’t have the floor.”
8. Free by Dara Maclean
One of my favorite aspects of being a Christian Feminist is the double emphasis on freedom. This song is a celebration of the freedom we have in Christ as equal and beloved creations designed to minister and share the good news.
Best Line: “I was caged in, then You opened every door. That held me bound and You gave me the key.”
9. Walk On The Water by Britt Nicole
Confidence to walk in faith and in the promise of God’s calling on your life? Check. Britt reminds us that what matters most is faith in Jesus and that everything after that is secondary.
Best Line: “But you know you’re made for more so don’t be afraid to move. Your faith is all it takes and you can walk on the water, too.”
10. White Man by The Michael Gungor Band
This song is probably the chillest way to smash the patriarchy you will ever find. Enjoy it while watching the adorable video for a truly relaxing rebellion. If you have feelings about politicizing Christianity or Pat Robertson this song will speak to you on a spiritual level.
Best Line: “God is not a man. God is not a white man. God is not a man sitting on a cloud. But God is Love.”
BONUS TRACK: Place in the Choir by Celtic Thunder
Wait, what? While doing research for this post I had my Celtic playlist going and jokingly shared with the husband that this song was a perfect metaphor for Egalitarian theology. I’ve decided to include it for the giggles and also because it’s an excellent song! To break down my thought train: the animals in the song represent the massive scope of human talent and our abilities to glorify God with said talents. We have different voices, but that doesn’t mean we have different roles. It simply means we HAVE VOICES. *mic drop*
Did I miss any? Tell me what song speaks to you in the comments below!