Furtado tells Stylist magazine, "There are a lot of good women out there doing their best and working really hard.
"Rihanna, Katy Perry. And I think Lady Gaga's changed the business - she's amazing. She's reminded people that performance can be so much more, so many different levels. She's a true art lover.
"For sure I think women are having this renaissance. We're taking over again, like hundreds of years ago before the witch-hunts! I think it's all about role models - if you have good role models you're fine and in my house my mother made the decisions."