Dolly Parton convinces all women to head to the polls with one listen to her new song, “A Woman’s Right.” The country singer is featured in a new project called 27: The Most Perfect Album, which is a collection of songs that touch upon the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“Being lucky enough to be a successful woman in business, I wanted to exercise my right to write about the 19th Amendment to praise and uplift women,” Dolly says in a statement. “Of course, I did a fun take on my song ‘A Woman’s Right’ and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I, some good gals, and a few good guys did putting it together for you.”
“A Woman’s Right” details the struggles and often insurmountable hurdles women faced for decades ahead of the 19th Amendment, which in 1920 granted women the right to vote.
“Women have been fighting for the legal right to vote since the 1840’s,” Dolly says at the start of the song following chants of We Want the Vote. “In 1890, the National American Women’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was established with Susan B. Anthony as its leading force but women have been fighting for their rights since the very beginning of time.”
The song then segues into a more upbeat musical take as Dolly sings of the plight women have faced over the years. In the midst of rallies and marches, women persevered: “We got tired of seeing all our dreams go up in smoke,” she notes.
“First they said we couldn’t dance then said we couldn’t drink / And unless some men allowed it, they said we couldn’t think,” Dolly sings in the first verse of the tune.
Dolly’s song is one of 26 others featured on the album. For more information, visit the project’s website.