Billboard‘s annual Women in Music issue does a great job in acknowledging and celebrating the women who have (and continue to) defined and redefined the music industry. From executives to artists such as Demi Lovato, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Aretha Franklin, and Idina Menzel, each issue reveals something new from women both in front of and behind the scenes.
This time around, Billboard got Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to pen an essay for their Women in Music issue, and it’s awesome. The essay is both celebratory and optimistic, as Clinton writes about artists who are holding their own in their respective genres, while also creating foundations and advocating for their beliefs.
“My hope is that women and girls around the world will hear these artists’ songs, learn their stories, and feel a greater sense of possibility for their own lives. Maybe they’ll recognize themselves in these women,” writes Clinton, before shouting out a list of iconic and influential artists such as Lady Gaga, Missy Elliott, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Lana Del Rey. She even manages to shout out all five members of Fifth Harmony by name, which most people on Earth can’t do. Guess that means “Worth It” is definitely on her Picking The Most Flattering Pantsuit playlist.