Jones, who produced Gore’s original 52 years earlier, suggested the project after meeting her at a charity banquet and hearing some of her music. Like Gore, Grace was 17 when she recorded the single.
Gore’s original was considered a feminist anthem—one of the first major pop songs to assert female independence and denounce male possessiveness.
The Star Tribune interviewed Grace about the song’s impact:
“When I heard it for the first time, I thought it had an important humanist quality,” she said. “As I got older, feminism became more a part of my life and more a part of our whole awareness, and I could see why people would use it as a feminist anthem. I don’t care what age you are – whether you’re 16 or 116 – there’s nothing more wonderful than standing on the stage and shaking your finger and singing, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’”
Grace was aware of the history when she recorded her version. She told Billboard:
"It’s difficult to be a woman in this industry. I’m around men all day. But I know who I am and what I want to do, and this song speaks to that. It’s so important to go after what you want, to be strong. Lesley’s generation paved the way, so I felt like this was a way to say thank you and to keep that momentum going."
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