2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Women’s Roles in Popular Music from 2007-2017


Allison M. Holloway
Dr. Victoria Mayer, Faculty Mentor

From the beginning of time, music has filled the minds of all people. Using a qualitative content analysis of the top ten hits from Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs from the years 2007-2017, this study examined the underlying messages within society about women and the way they are portrayed in society’s most popular music today. The variable of genre showed statistical significance for the project. The genres of Rap/Hip Hop and Pop hold significance over how many times a woman is mentioned within that genre’s music. Genre also showed significance when applied to the specific role women were mentioned as having within a song. With the resurgence of the women’s movement in recent years, this study answered the question of what equality currently looks like within the music industry, as told through popular lyrics.

Keywords: Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Music, Women's Movement, Popular Lyrics

Topic(s):Sociology
Music

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 19-6
Location: https://flipgrid.com/4edd27c9
Time: 0:00

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