CNN "Soundtracks" Series
The Battle of the Sexes
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The famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was a galvanizing moment for the women's movement. King's win was an affirmation to all women who felt underestimated as simply mothers and housewives. The music of the 1960s and '70s—from Helen Reddy to Leslie Gore to Aretha Franklin—was also a kind of subversive force in delivering to women messages of strength and empowerment. The sexual revolution ushered in more provocative music that gave women permission to let loose; Loretta Lynn's "The Pill" was an outright ode to the wonders of contraception and how freeing it was. Feminism in music has taken many forms, just as the women's movement itself has waxed and waned over the decades. But from Pat Benatar to Salt-n-Pepa to Katy Perry, each generation of young women has found strength and solidarity in female artists who have literally given them a voice.
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