Definition of girl power in US English:

girl power


  • Used in reference to an attitude of independence, confidence, and empowerment among young women.

    ‘she still writes all the songs, plays most of the instruments, and produces the album (talk about girl power!)’
    ‘the press was filled with articles on ‘girl power’’
    • ‘He has been rehearsing with Spice Girl dancers, so he met up with Geri to pick up some Girl Power moves for Saturday's show.’
    • ‘I'm a huge fan of girl power stories, so I set out to write the kind of book I would want to read.’
    • ‘The film is a charming exercise in contemporary girl power, with mystery and romance thrown in for good measure.’
    • ‘ITUNES Festival was flooded with girl power last night as Blondie and Chrissie Hynde took to the stage.’
    • ‘Now she's the title character in the musical featuring the tunes made famous by the group who switched on girl power.’
    • ‘Bagging herself an Oscar in the process, Roberts brought humour and sensitivity to a character that is emblematic of true "girl power".’
    • ‘He admitted that his biggest faux pas in the music business was turning down the beacons of girl power themselves.’
    • ‘We hope all this attention brings even more girl power to the TV comedy scene.’
    • ‘Delivered onto the stage via a giant spinning pyramid, Katy belted out girl power anthem Roar to begin the show with a bang.’
    • ‘She hopes her new co-host will bring some "Girl Power" to the much-loved series, which began with a preview show last Sunday.’


Early 20th century (in the rare sense ‘the number of girls available to perform a task’). The term was first recorded in its current sense in 1967 and was used by the riot girl movement in the early 1990s, but is particularly associated with the all-female pop group the Spice Girls, who released their first single in 1996.