That Was Then: “Daughter,” by the Blenders, is a fun, snappy 1963 doo-wop ditty, with cute throw-away lyrics that were appropriate for the time, i.e. blatantly sexist and disempowering to women, words that wouldn’t even get written today, much less recorded.

This Is Now:”The Daughters” by Little Big Town (an exceedingly non-country Country act with big-picture, sophisticated, and complex songs that are more cabaret than rodeo arena) is blatantly feminist, and in the most lovely way.

It’s what we Boomers would call a “slow dance” song.  It’s not quite a lament nor an appeal–it’s smooth and very catchy.

And pose like a trophy on a shelf

Dream for everyone, but not yourself

I’ve heard of God the Son and God the Father

I’m still looking for a God for the daughters

It’s not  strident or anti-men, it just points out the obvious, as did the Notorious RBG, when she famously said “I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

The song was co-written by Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, who describes it as being “about equality. It’s about hope for our children and what their view of the world will be.”

The video follows a teenage girl in high-school in the 50s, the 80s, and today, showing the generational shifts in gender equality.