Shania Twain's Influence On Women In Music

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As the famous Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue” (BrainyQuote). Since the history of mankind, music has been an important part of life, and as time has progressed, the role of women in music has become ever increasingly important. Many brilliant female musicians have come and gone, and Shania Twain was one of the most influential and ground-breaking country and country pop stars of all time. Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards on August 28th, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario. She was only two years old when her parents separated, and soon after she moved with her mother and sisters to Timmins, Ontario. While there, her mother met and married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa Indian. He later adopted Twain and her sisters. The Twain family…show more content…
She reinvented the genre of country music for women, paving the way for future artists like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. Twain’s lyrics speak to women in particular, and some critics have said some songs boast a feminist edge (Rholetter 176). The title of her hit single “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” is a perfect example of her provocative, sassy, flirty, and fun music. In the song, she calls out a cheating boyfriend. Another hit single released in May 1995, “Any Man of Mine,” is a super sassy song that sends the message to women that their men should be accepting of them just the way they are. She starts out saying “any man of mine better be proud of me, even when I’m ugly he still better love me.” This is another upbeat and fun party song, and also the first of four consecutive No. 1 hits, followed by “(If You’re Not in it For Love) I’m Outta Here!,” “You Win My Love,” and “No One Needs To Know” (Rholetter 177). That same year, Twain won a Grammy for country album of the year; The Woman in Me was also named album of the year by the Academy of Country

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