Cyndi Lauper is an icon of the 80's with her wild style and wacky hairdo's she symbolized the 80's pop/rock style. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” released in the 80's was referred to as the “feminist anthem” of the 80's. Cyndi Lauper did not write and she was not the first artist to sing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” but her rendition of the song and the music video which went along with it became a huge hit and the lyrics to the song acted as a strong message for women. The song encapsulated the struggle of independence between girls and their parents and between women and their husbands or boyfriends. There is reference in the song about the societal hierarchy between men and women, the line “Oh mother dear we're not the fortunate ones” shows that women are at a disadvantage for simply just being female and its something that affects all women and its about time that changed, men are not born with an advantage and they don't have more to achieve in the world than women. This song is saying that women do not want to be held back by men. The lyrics “I wanna be the one to walk in the sun” shows the need of liberation from men and how women are tired of the same routine and that women are ready for change from the housewives to career women.
The music industry has grown so much that there are so many artists and different styles of music that it is difficult to say what will represent this period in 30 years time. I would have to say that someone like Lady Gaga would have been an influence on this generation and because of her extraordinary style I think she is bold enough to stand out. I think Lady Gaga is a role model for this generation and the next generation with her passion to help people, especially teenagers and children, deal with issues such as eating disorders and bullying and also Lady Gaga's work for Gay Rights which is a big issue in America today. I feel that the positive messages and the advantage Lady Gaga has to reach a wider audience can change this generation and her music such as her song "Born This Way" has a message that it is ok to be who you are and you should embrace who you are and not hide from that person.