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Women have been relentless in their fight for gender equality since the Seneca Falls 
Convention led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848. Another thing that has been just as relentless 
is the negative connotation associated with the word “feminism”. According to French feminist 
writer Hélène Cixous, women must create their own language in order to redirect the patriarchal 
power structure and become more confident with who they are. Whether she means a literal new 
language or a metaphorical language is up for discussion, but there are certain feminists in 
today’s society that are bringing using their language to educate people all over the world about 
gender inequality.
Over the past few years the media has slowly started focusing its attention on the 
importance of the recent feminist movement. In August 2014, Taylor Swift said that she has been 
a feminist her entire life without exactly knowing what the term feminist actually meant. She 
states, “As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you 
hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the 
way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls 
have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means.” 
It goes without saying that T Swift is one of the most appreciated pop singers of our time 
and her voice is literally changing the opinions of millions of people around the globe. 
Remember when Katy Perry tried to do the same thing? No? Exactly. She tried, but Taylor 
somehow has so much more of an impact. Even Time Magazine has acknowledged her 
importance as they put her on the cover of their November 2014 issue. What’s so intriguing 
about this cover is that Taylor is portrayed in such a traditionally “masculine” viewpoint. Her 
headshot is extremely close with her eyes peering at the audience. This is a power stance. The 
cover basically says, “This is Taylor Swift and she is going to sing and dance this world right 
into place.” 
By this point, many of you might be thinking, “Really? She always sings about her 
breakups and she’s always jumping from guy to guy, etc. blah blah,” but the answer is yes! If 
you haven’t listened to her newest album 1989 then I highly suggest you stop reading this article 
and immediately browse YouTube. Although she does sing about her relationships, her newest 
album specifically is about embracing her sexuality and her femininity. 
She truly is a role model and one of the few female celebrities that have been successful 
in stating her feminist ideals. So let’s celebrate by giving her a round of applause! 
So how does this relate to students at Baldwin? This campus is known for its devotion to 
making women more confident in being who they are. They don’t call us Boldly Baldwin women 
for nothing. Does that make us all feminists? I suppose not. But a common pattern that can be 
observed in even the youngest Baldwin student is her passion for justice and equality. So stay 
strong and listen to Taylor Swift!
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