A Song for Social Change

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Consider the journey of social change that women have taken over the  years: achieving the right to vote, to own property, to receive equal  pay for equal work, to have equal access to professional opportunities,  and to claim equal protections under the law, among many other  changes—some of which continue to be ongoing efforts. Women could not  have achieved these accomplishments without a social change vision.

Starting this week and continuing throughout the course, you begin  to make connections between women’s writing and social change. Walden  University defines positive social change as a deliberate process of  creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the  worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities,  organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies. Whether direct or  indirect, the authors presented in this course each had or have a goal.  Although they represent different generations and different outward  focus, they share many similarities and, perhaps unknowingly, support  the same mission of improving or advancing the experience of women’s  lives.

In this Discussion, you will focus on social change and song.  While songs are often written simply to entertain, songwriters also  write songs to teach a lesson, support a cause, oppose a political idea,  or raise awareness about an issue. Essentially, a song can embody a  social change theme.

Song lyrics are a form of poetry set to music. You might not  realize that what makes a song memorable or moving to you are the  literary techniques the songwriter uses to convey her ideas.

In this Discussion, you work with song lyrics of your  choosing—either from the list in this week’s Learning Resources or of  your own selection—that represent social change as it relates to women  in general. As you select a song, it is important to remember to focus  on the written words in the song and not the sound of the music that accompanies it.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the timeline media piece Women’s Voices and Social Change  located in this week’s Learning Resources. Within this broader context,  think about how the literary works of this week’s authors have  influenced social change in women’s lives.
  • Consider how you would explain the concept of social change in  your own words and for your own interests or situation. Review Walden’s  full definition of social change in this week’s Required Resources.  Then, search the Internet and other resources for several more  definitions. How are these definitions similar and different? How do  they compare to your own interpretation of social change?
  • Consider the social changes that have occurred for women both in  your lifetime and in past generations. What stands out for you as being  particularly significant?
  • Consider how music has influenced and/or been influenced by social change.
  • Search your personal music library, the Internet, or other  resources (including this week’s Optional Resources) for a song that  meets the following criteria:       
    • The song was written by a woman.
    • The song reflects a social change theme that directly or indirectly relates to women.
    • The song includes two literary techniques listed in the “Glossary of Terms and Techniques for Literature and Creative Writing.”
    • The song is from any time period or country, but the lyrics have an English translation available.
  • Summarize and paraphrase the song using proper APA citation rules.
  • With this song in mind, review the words of Ensler and Stanton  and Mott in this week’s Learning Resources. Can you see any connection  in thought or purpose between these pieces and the song you selected?

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a 2- to 3-paragraph claim about how  a particular song is an example of women voicing social change, and  provide evidence to support this claim. Include in your posting whether  any themes communicated in the works of Ensler and Stanton and Mott are  reflected in the song lyrics and how they are reflected—whenever they  were written. In addition, identify the use of two literary techniques  reflected in the song lyrics.

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