"Who Run the World? Girls": Women's Music for Social Change

Course Description

This course combines concepts of gender and feminist studies, history, and cultural studies with a mission to research contemporary music, commentary, texts, and social media critiques to analyze the impact of music on culture and social change.

Beyond contemporary artists, this course will also trace the legacies of late 19th to 21st-century artists whose discographies and performances can be connected to feminist activism and writings, allowing you to familiarize yourself with a variety of texts by major scholars in the field. Additionally, this course will interrogate women’s music for its ability to define and redefine identity, consciousness, beauty, health, art, self-care, and intellectual politics.

This course will encourage you to think critically about how the world engages, critiques, supports, and opposes women artists because of race, gender, class, and beyond. The course will culminate in a creative project of your choosing in which you examine the impact of their favorite female musicians on culture today.

During this course, you will learn to:

• Listen, read, and analyze primary literature, music, and performances
• Identify the connection between leading feminist activists, musicians, and performers
• Develop writing and critical thinking skills that will guide academic writing in high school and college.


No specific prior experience or knowledge is required, however, you should be excited to pursue their interests in music, gender, and culture and to explore how they can apply your interests in intuitive, creative ways.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 01, 2022
Duration: 1 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Alexandria Miller
Course Number: 10411