Girl power is, as Professor Alison Piepmeier says of her own 10,000 Maniacs and Suzanne Vega-obsessed college years, about "seeking a culture of women's voices. I knew I had things to say and I wanted to find women who were making a public space for themselves." Girl power allows each of us to map out what it means to be a woman in the world, one song at a time.
Thus ends the preface, and begins the serious work of the book. Every time she quotes me I sound so smart. I had the fun experience of being impressed with my own ideas. Everyone who quotes me should follow Marisa Meltzer's lead.