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10 Country Anthems for the Working Woman

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Country songs about the average working person's job and home life often include nods to women of all ages, doing what they can to either pay their bills or follow their ambitions. The following 10 songs find nine woman-fronted acts and a male ally celebrating the women in their audiences who worked all week while looking forward to going out to hear some good country music.

"National Working Woman's Holiday," Sammy Kershaw

Before spinning tunes by some of country music's hardest working women, here's a man's celebration of the working woman who's helping keep a roof over their family's heads.

"Help the Working Girl," Norma Jean

Back in the 1960's, Norma Jean set a standard for applauding the average working woman in a country song, both here and with story-song "Truck Driving Woman."

"9 to 5," Dolly Parton

Thanks to Dolly's global appeal, this song remains the most obvious and memorable anthem about working women. It's relatable to every office worker in desperate need of a morning cup of coffee.

"Blowin' Smoke," Kacey Musgraves

This early Musgraves hit focuses on the realities of working as a waitress while plotting the rest of your life or moving up the restaurant ladder.

"Hey Cinderella," Suzy Boggus

Sometimes, those creative goals get put on hold, with jobs at restaurants and cafes lasting longer than planned. Boggus sings here for the women still getting by to support themselves, even if that means they're not working their dream job just yet.

"Pay Gap," Margo Price

The newest addition to the list speaks for women in all careers who find it bogus that they're still held down at times in favor of mediocre men. It's Price's most powerful musical statement to date.

"He Thinks He'll Keep Her," Mary Chapin Carpenter

This catchy '90s country nugget doesn't seem like an obvious pick, until your morning drive sing-along reaches one of its most harrowingly poignant lines: "For fifteen years she had a job and not one raise in pay. Now she's in the typing pool at minimum wage."

"Honey, I'm Home," Shania Twain

The old television trope of the husband saying "honey, I'm home!" and expecting supper on the table gets turned on its head with this classic pop-country dance number.

"Girls Night Out," The Judds

Another familiar storytelling device tells of men who've worked all week, wanting to let off some steam at the local watering hole. Naomi and Wynonna Judd sing this one for all the ladies looking to do the same with their best friends.

"I'm a Survivor," Reba McEntire

When most older women look back on their time as a daughter, mother, grandmother and friend, those memories can be inseparable from the years spent filling a different job beyond being queen of the house.

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