Today, March 8, marks International Women's Day, which is dedicated to celebrating Women's achievements and calling for greater equality. Whenever I think about my experiences growing up in the 1990's and 2000's, I feel thankful that I not only had strong female role models in my own life, but also in popular culture. Around the time that I became attune to popular music, the airwaves were flooded with hit after hit addressing female liberation and empowerment. When you grow up singing along to tunes with such strong statements, the message sinks in before you fully realize it. Below are five of my favorite female empowerment jams from my adolescence.