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February 10 2020

Taylor Swift Needs to Calm Down

by Andrea Bottner

Taylor Swift is a fantastic entertainer. Millions around the world find her music positive and enjoyable.  But that doesn’t mean that she has any particular political insight. In Swift’s newly released documentary, Miss Americana, she rehashes how she struggled with whether to speak out politically, finally deciding to Shake it Off and criticize then-Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who was in a very tight race for a U.S. Senate seat. Swift specifically accused the Congresswoman of not being a supporter of women. 

Although the documentary doesn’t cover this, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn beat her opponent in that very tight race and made history by becoming the first woman U.S. Senator representing the state of Tennessee.  Everything has Changed.

Now, Blackburn is serving as a role model for all women and girls, showing there is a place for them in the political arena, even if their opinions don’t conform with what they see on TV and in the media.  Are you Ready for It? 

And Senator Blackburn is fighting to make our system work better for women.  She joined her colleagues in introducing the reauthorization and modernization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) last November.  

The bill would reauthorize and more robustly fund VAWA grant programs, require more transparency so that the money is used well, prevent and address domestic violence and sexual assault, and support victims. 

Are you Ready for It? Senator Blackburn also introduced the Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2019 to stop female genital mutilation (FGM) and make it easier to prosecute those who perpetuate this practice.  It is clear this woman leader is working to protect the youngest and most vulnerable women and girls.

It seems there is often Bad Blood between many in Hollywood and those working to politically represent the American people, especially if you come from the right side of the aisle.  Perhaps in Tennessee, the history-making U.S. Senator and the globally famous pop star can come Out of the Woods and find some common ground.

All women and girls would find that Sweeter than Fiction.





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