August 20

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Empowering Song “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”

Mary Chapin Carpenter was inspired to write this song because of a commercial that she heard. She felt like it was very sexist because the man in the commercial treated his woman as his property. The man said: “I think I’ll keep her” and this inspired the singer to write a song contradicting it.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter is a Champion for Women

A lot of female country artists went really big during the ’90s. The likes of Shania Twain, country group Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, and Faith Hill are some of the biggest names back then. This resurgence in country music made Mary Carpenter feel like she could make an empowering track for women.

This movement was also said to help country music gain more mainstream popularity. The influx of women in country made more listeners turn their head into country music. This also prompted a two-hour CBS special in 1993 called The Women of Country with Carpenter performing it with Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, and Kathy Mattea.

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Lyrics Breakdown

She makes his coffee, she makes his bed
She does the laundry, she keeps him fed

Our society is built in a patriarchal system wherein a man is supposed to do this and a woman is supposed to do that. This is the culture we grew up with, but drastic times calls for drastic measures. If a woman feels like she can do something more than what is expected of her, then we as a society should let them. This Mary Chapin Carpenter would like to address this issue.

There are still those who think that women should only be confined at the comfort of their homes but we have to remember that is the traditional way. Women nowadays can finish their studies so why would we not let them apply what they have learned? For all we know, we may be benefiting in a society where women run the world.

Listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s song here:

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