Girls Just Want to Have ‘Fun’damental Rights


Before it became the feminist pop anthem known today, the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was written and recorded by a make punk/new wave artist named Robert Hazard. Originally written from the point of view of a “girl crazy bad-boy,” Cyndi Lauper tweaked the lyrics with Hazard’s permission into one of a whole new meaning. When Lauper’s version was released on September 6th, 1983, it became an instant feminist anthem. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the song has continued to serve an iconic role in feminism. At the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018, women began carrying signs that read “Girls Just Want to Have Fundamental Rights.” In this interview, Lauper sits down to discuss what this new wave of feminism means to her and her inspiration in writing this anthem.


For Further Reading:

This video has women take a closer look at popular songs and reveals shocking derogatory attitudes towards women found in some of today’s music.


Discussion Question:

How can songs, more specifically their lyrics, impact on social movements?


Action Item:

Many times we listen to songs but don’t analyze the lyrics. Next time you find yourself bobbing your head along to the rhythm of the radio’s Top 40 hits, take some time to reflect upon the song’s message.



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