Adele, Beyonce, and Female Empowerment
by Thao Nguyen
The Grammy’s were filled with political statements, but the moment that stood out to me spoke more about true female empowerment than about the current political climate. Adele once again beat Beyonce for album of the year. Prior to last night’s award show, news outlets and social media speculated as to who would win. But Adele’s acceptance speech highlighted what society has failed to do. It was never a competition between these two women.
“I can’t possibly accept this award...my artist of my life is Beyonce and this album, this Lemonade album, was just so monumental...so beautiful and so bearing...You make me and my friends...you made them stand up for themselves.”
Adele’s speech brought herself and Beyonce to tears. Her testament and homage to Beyonce prove what needs to realized by many today: if we truly are feminists, we should not be putting women against each other. Making everything a contest, when there clearly never was one between the two, shows young women and girls that they should always be working to beat their fellow females. Adele and Beyonce’s clear respect and honor for each other show a much different message: instead of trying to beat each other, we women should be supporting each other.
Women today face many challenges already; adding the extra pressure of comparing ourselves to one another is unnecessary. Rather than creating drama where there is none, let’s take notes from Beyonce and Adele and learn to be gracious and learn to respect, empower, and appreciate each other instead.