Written by Bordei Daniela
Beyoncé constantly fought for women’s rights, being an active feminist.
Few contemporary entertainers in the pop music world have had an impact equal to Beyoncé’s. Her talents as a songwriter and entertainer, coupled with her powerhouse vocals and a desire to challenge gendered norms, have catapulted the artist to a new level.
Yet what is perhaps most interesting about her cultural impact is the ways she has embraced feminism. Her songs can be read as mini-lectures in feminist theory.
Her lyrics eschew the typical pop music fare and cover topics like women’s independence, healthy sexuality, or postpartum depression. Yet, as diverse as her songs are, the images and statements she makes through her performances and media are perhaps more impactful.
Although popular media rarely show black faces when talking about feminism, Beyoncé has most definitely changed the game in which black women can embrace the “feminist” label.
At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé led nominees with eight nominations, and most importantly, she was scheduled to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Her engagement with feminism aligned with the Video Music Awards performance.
Beyoncé’s “Formation” can be considered as a successful music video produced to showcase her image as both an entertainer and activist. This music video also shows support for the Black community and highlights the diversity of African American culture in connection to Beyoncé’s own cultural background as a Creole woman.
In light of the above, Beyonce has been constantly fighting for women’s position in society and has substantially improved the perception of feminism in our era.