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Spice Girls hit “Wannabe” gets an amazing feminist makeover 20 years after debut

By WITW Staff on July 5, 2016

It’s been 20 years since the Spice Girls’ hit “Wannabe” blasted to the top of the radio charts and made Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby, and Scary Spice household names. Now, the song is getting a feminist reboot. Singers from India, South Africa, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States remade the song to highlight gender inequality, education, child marriage, and violence against women.

“I think this film is a wonderful idea,” said former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. “How fabulous it is that after 20 years the legacy of the Spice Girls’ girl power is being used to encourage and empower a whole new generation?”

The new music video shows women in different cultures around the world singing and dancing in classrooms, at marketplaces, and in cities while signs hang in the background with phrases like “equal pay for equal work.” Viewers are then encouraged to submit their own ideas about what they “really really want” to be passed to the United Nations later this year. The video, which was created by Project Everyone, will also be screened in movie theaters this summer. Watch it below.

Read the full story from The Guardian.