I am Madonna, hear me roar.

The once Material Girl bristles at the suggestion that the world might be different if women ran it."Women do run the world!" she told the New York Daily News on Sunday. "They just don't shout about it. There are different ways to be powerful. It's a man's nature to be outward and aggressive. That doesn't mean that women can't be like that, too."

Madonna also said her daughter, Lourdes, has put her life into perspective and the 2-year-old was an important source for the songs in her new album "Ray of Light." "My daughter's birth was like a real rebirth for me."


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