This is just a classic song with a positive message. Off of her debut album, Songs In A Minor, “A Woman’s Worth” is one of the first songs I ever heard by Alicia Keys.
In my opinion, it severed as the counter to the various sexist, male chauvinistic dynamics that ran rampant in hip-hop culture. Furthermore, the video itself provides commentary of the dynamics that exist with “Black” culture in the United States. Thinking about all of the women that I value in my life, I feel that this song helped to educate me on how to treat a woman. With all of the different spheres of the world in which female authority is constantly undercut, both in a social and professional sense, this song serves as a reminder that men and women should treat each other with a certain level of respect and compassion.
To all the ladies who are frustrated with men issues, remember what you are worth. To all the gentlemen who know how to treat a lady, keep doing what you’re doing (but always remember there is more to learn). And to all the guys who don’t know how to treat a lady… take notes.