Voting is underway for WXPN’s 2023 Fall Countdown: the 885 Greatest Songs By Women (As chosen by YOU). With voting closing tonight at midnight, XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis shares why No Doubt’s “Just A Girl” is one of her favorites. 

“It was released in 1995, when I was ten, and in third grade. The latest in a string of generations of folks who had gone to Catholic school for 12 years and were raised with very traditional and strict values including children, especially little girls, were meant to be seen and not heard. And I was very obedient and also, already at that age, very frustrated, and I didn’t understand why until I heard that song. And then everything started making sense. I realized that there were complexities and dualities to being a girl and a woman not only in the way society saw me but in the way I felt about it myself, and there were double standards when it came to girls and guys. Furthermore, Gwen Stefani — as the oldest in my family — became a big sister that I never had, and I learned so much from her. I learned how to sing, how to do my makeup, how to develop a sense of style, and most importantly, to not be quiet anymore. If it wasn’t for that song and No Doubt, I wouldn’t have found my favorite radio station and probably wouldn’t be sitting in the studio talking to you from 6 to 10 every morning. It holds a special place in my heart and was really a catalyst in my growth as a person and I am deeply grateful to Gwen and NO Doubt. ”

Voting closes tonight at midnight. Cast your vote before then for a chance to win two tickets to one WXPN welcomes concert per week in 2024. Tune in for countdown results starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5th.

No Doubt - Just A Girl