Did the title trigger you? Good and I’m going to tell you why she absolutely deserves this accolade and I’m also going to rebuff some of the criticism going around online. But before I do any of that, I am writing this not as a Swiftie, as far as her music is concerned anyway. Her music just hasn’t entered my world, and besides, I’m not a pop gal.
However, it’s not her music that’s caught my attention, it is her. I have watched her in interviews, her commencement speech, on chat shows and more, and my takeaway is always – wow, what a very intelligent young lady, and she is also an incredibly kind person, free with her praise and compliments to others.
That is a quality I love, but equally, it can also be a quality women develop to be accepted and even submissive, so I understand that criticism, however, unless you’re a woman, you don’t really understand why it happens in the first place. It’s a tricky line to walk being a woman, especially if you work in a man’s world. Women understand this and I believe she has embraced it in a powerful way. I can imagine everyone around her basks in the glow of this energy.
My pal Joe Augustin commented on The Know Show that it comes across as manipulative. This is an interesting thought, which I think about a lot, because one of my son’s is incredibly charming. I know charm has two sides – positive and negative, with the negative having the potential of being manipulative – and I believe Taylor is using this soft skill in a positive way. Naturally, not everyone will agree.
On another point, there has been a lot of criticism of Taylor Swift from the climate community, especially after a fan died of heat stroke at one of her concerts in Brazil. This community is making a strong call that she becomes an ambassador for climate, encouraging her fans to change how they live and consume on this planet. I’m all for this, but there is a much bigger change she is creating, which I believe is even more important.
In her nearly two-decade career (which is amazing, because she’s only 33) her fans have taken her words and messages to heart. She is sharing stories through her songs of the pain and challenges she has faced, as well as how she has overcome. When fans talk about her music, they always say they take her messages deep into their souls, and use it to reflect on their own challenges and pain, which helps them to overcome and move forward.
I believe Taylor Swift is creating a revolution across generations of girls and ladies, and this is such a powerful force, which is so very necessary! With equality slipping back to 300 years before we get there, what Taylor Swift is doing is potentially creating the greatest revolution in human history.
We need women to be empowered and to rise. We need women’s voices on every stage, in every industry, in every leadership role. If we do not have women’s voices in equal partnership with men, we can not ensure the best decisions are being made for humanity. It’s impossible to get our next steps right unless all voices are represented.
So that is what I really admire about Taylor Swift – the incredibly, positive impact she is making on girls and young women all over the world. She is helping them step into their fullest potential and to not allow anything to hold them back. This is a pink revolution, a feminine revolution, and it is not angry and aggressive, it’s joyful and liberating, and I can’t think of another person who’s been able to create such change – Oprah Winfrey maybe?
I am a fan of her as a woman, who grew up in the limelight, dealt with so much chaos and ugliness on that journey, and somehow, she’s working out her path, with her gaze 100% on who matters the most to her – her fans – and honestly, it’s a beautiful and powerful movement to witness.
So, when you next want to criticize Taylor Swift, think of that. Also think of all the young women who feel attacked when you do it. I wrote a chapter in my book Uncommon Courage – never be ashamed of the music you love, and thankfully today, #Swifties have no shame! But more important than all of that, think of the profound change she is making in human society. You don’t have to like her music, but you can admire her work. I certainly do and she is definitely a #WomanIAdmire.
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Sadaf Khalid is the global coordinator for the virtual Cop 28 on behalf of Rethinking Choices. She is a power woman, who believes in taking action and getting involved.
Climate TRACE – check this out, very cool!
Are you creative? Then you will love this conversation with Sveinung Nygaard – a composer, musician, artist, and a member of the Bards of Climate.
Meet Kaaka Issac, a member of the Masai Tribe in Kenya and he is an unstoppable force, driving change at scale for his community and the entire African continent.
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Pakistan is one of the 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change risk & it’s time to come together and act, especially to help the developing countries in the Global South, who have done little to contribute
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