Power Moves

Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney design collaboration for Lover
Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney working on the 2019 Taylor Swift x Stella McCartney fashion collaboration via Hollywood Reporter 
For generations, women have worked hard to lay the foundation for life as we know it today. They fought for the right to vote, drive cars, get an education and take on powerful roles in the workplace. 

However, even as the year 2020 kicks off, gender inequality still exists. American women earn $0.79 to every man’s $1 according to CNBC. But the issue is not just in the numbers and paychecks, it’s often in our words and mindsets. 
Taylor Swift performing Lover album 2019
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Taylor Swift takes on the topic in her song, “The Man.” In it, she imagines how she would be treated and what people would say about her if she was a man instead of a woman.

“They’d say I hustled
Put in the work
They wouldn’t shake their heads 
and question how much of this I deserve” 

Taylor Swift 2019 AMA performance wearing white shirt with record labels
Taylor Swift at November 2019 AMA performance. Image via The Boot
When Taylor took to the AMA stage, she donned a menswear white collared shirt with her older album names printed across the fabric. As she began singing "The Man," a fist punch to her side resulted in the sound of a glass shattering. Here was the artist of the decade taking on the male music industry executives (hence the white collared shirt), refusing to silence her message as she took one more step to break the glass ceiling for herself and the next generation (represented by the young girls sharing the stage during the medley's opening). 
Would it have been a different conversation leading up to the AMA's about Taylor owning the rights to her music had she been a man?   

Taylor Swift pink blazer and sequin shorts 2019
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Taylor has become one of the biggest music influencers of all time, bringing to life stories of loss, love, friendship and equity. Her reach spans across the domains of music, fashion and art. Despite criticism or hindrances from giants of the music industry or the public, she has proven the power of voicing what she believes in while continuing to move forward.
Taylor Swift pastel suits Me! video 2019
Image still from Taylor Swift's 2019 "Me!" Music Video 
When thinking of who “they” are and who it is that is judging women, how often are other women the culprits? With culture and the stereotypes that still exist conditioning our mindsets, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the trap of making a snide comment, questioning another women’s motives or finding ways to undermine a woman’s success.

“What I was wearing, if I was rude
Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves”

Whether it’s at school, on the job or at book club, how can we find ways to build each other up? How can we use our voices and build a collective voice to fuel change and empower one another? 
Taylor Swift pastel suits Me! video 2019
Image still from Taylor Swift's 2019 "Me!" Music Video 
There is still work to be done for true gender equality. We cannot afford to allow barriers of judgment from differences, misunderstandings or stereotypes separate us from one another and the commonalities we share as women. 

“I’d be a fearless leader
I’d be an alpha type
When everyone believes ya
What’s that like?”
Taylor Swift pink blouse and sequin shorts Lover 2019
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