I PAY MY OWN BILLS

By Chloe Darnaud

This year the Destiny’s Child trio would have celebrated their 20th anniversary. The R&B icons, made famous following the 1999 release of best-selling album, The Writing’s on the Wall,  have been credited with creating a generation of empowered young women.

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Destiny’s Child praising their feminism – Picture credit: GIPHY

Take the first verse of Independent Women Part I, which praises gender equality in both relationships and at work:

Question: Tell me how you feel about this

Try to control me, boy, you get dismissed

Pay my own fun and I pay my own bills

Always 50-50 in relationships

The song was the longest-running Number 1 song on the Hot 100 by a girl group. They produced engaged songs like The Story of Beauty, that carry a strong message to women who have been sexually abused and Happy Face that encourage women to stand up for themselves. But the trio also recorded a song for the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family and partnered with McDonald’s.

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