Last week, both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act. The bill, which has been renewed nearly every year since its inception in 1994, was opposed by a select few Republicans. But supporters for the bill had a stronger voice this time, and the bill passed.
Taylor Swift is part of the reason behind its passage. A group called the Ms. Foundation for Women released a parody of her song, “22,” reworked to call out the 22 U.S. senators who opposed VAWA’s passage. The song calls for VAWA’s passage because it offers equal rights for all women in cases of domestic violence.
“We wanted to do something to really galvanize people, get them thinking about this,” said Kelly Parisi, who is vice president of marketing and communications for Ms. Foundation for Women.
“Frankly, [we wanted to call] out the legislators who don’t believe all women, whether Native American or immigrants or LGBTQ, that they should not be protected,” she added in her interview with POLITICO on Friday, March 1st.
The original song is naturally catchy and the new lyrics flow smoothly, the singer listing off the senators, all men, who opposed VAWA’s passage. The new version of the bill had expanded protections for Native American women and members of the LGBTQ community. It was passed fairly easily in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats. It was put to more scrutiny in the House (Republican controlled), but perhaps fear of Taylor Swift’s ire kept them at bay.