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“She Works Hard for the Money” is a song by American singer Donna Summer, released in May 1983 as the lead single from her album of the same name. The song became one of Summer’s most iconic hits and is known for its strong feminist message and catchy, danceable beat.

The song was inspired by a real-life encounter Donna Summer had with a restroom attendant named Onetta Johnson. Summer saw Johnson working hard and struck up a conversation with her, which led to the creation of the song. This interaction highlighted the hard work and often unrecognized efforts of women in low-wage jobs, which Summer wanted to celebrate and bring to light. “She Works Hard for the Money” features a combination of pop, rock, and dance elements. The song’s lyrics tell the story of a woman who works tirelessly to make ends meet, emphasizing themes of perseverance and dedication. The chorus, with its catchy hook, reinforces the song’s central message:

The song was a commercial success, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of Summer’s most popular songs. It also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. “She Works Hard for the Money” is often regarded as an anthem for working women, and its music video, which depicts various women in different professions, further underscores the song’s message of female empowerment and recognition of hard work.

The song remains a staple in Donna Summer’s discography and is frequently played at events celebrating women’s achievements. It continues to resonate with audiences for its relatable and empowering message, making it a timeless classic that highlights the struggles and triumphs of working women.

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