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When it comes to public perception, few female artists are as divisive as Taylor Swift.

Some consider her one of the most empowering female voices in the music industry, while others feel 'fairweather feminist' is a more accurate description of the singer .

Taylor, who built an entire brand on the premise of sisterhood, is regularly dragged into conversation regarding the 'authentic feminism' theory.

In recent years, it has been argued that the Swift empire, which ostensibly floats upon a sea of feminist ideals and convictions, has been rendered redundant by Taylor's distinct lack of action on the political front.

And yet, the singer made international headlines in 2016 when she chose to counter-sue radio DJ, David Mueller, for just one dollar after he sued Taylor for defamation on the grounds that sexual assault accusations she levelled against him cost him his job.

Indeed, the 28-year-old singer was recognised by Time magazine as one of their Silence Breakers – women who, last year, spoke out about the culture of sexual harassment and victim blaming

"When the jury found in my favour, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1. To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself," Taylor said in the aftermath of the high-profile legal battle.

So, why the constant rolling vitriol against the young female singer?

Well, if the backlash which followed the Women's March on Sunday is anything to go by, It seems the public view Taylor as someone who 'picks and chooses' the elements of feminism which suit her.

Acknowledging the thousands of women which took to streets at the weekend – many of whom were musical peers –  Taylor was the subject of intense criticism for not joining a march herself.

"So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched," she wrote. "I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day."

"As a fan of yours, this is some bullsh*t. You do not get to pick and choose when feminism benefits you," replied one of her followers.

"If you were really for feminism you would have spoken up against Donald Trump instead of just saying to vote on Election Day. But instead you only claim to be a feminist when it benefits you."

"F*ck you," added another. "You stayed quiet all through the election process to ensure your record sales wouldn't fall victim to a divided USA."

Those supporting Taylor argue that it is not an artist's obligation to divulge their political stance, with many referring to the singer's previous responses on the topic.

Speaking to Time magazine six years ago, Taylor said: "I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible. But I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people. "

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Hollywood's leading females were out in force yesterday as tens of thousands of women and men demonstrated in cities across the globe.

Returning for its second year, the Women's March began in 2017 in opposition to the newly elected Donald Trump.

Reproductive health and Trump's anti-abortion stance were just some of the issues being protested at this year's event, and while the tone of the demonstrations remained highly political, recent allegations of rampant sexual harassment in the entertainment industry were also a topic of discussion.

Speaking to crowds at the Women's March rally in Los Angeles, actress Scarlett Johansson gave a powerful speech on behalf of the Time's Up campaign – during which, she called out James Franco, who had claimed to be a supporter of the movement despite being accused of sexual misconduct by five different women.

“How could a person publicly stand by an organisation that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?” she asked the crowd.

Adding: “I want my pin back, by the way,” on reference to the Time's Up pin worn by Franco on the Golden Globes red carpet earlier this month.

While she did not mention him by name, a representative for the star later confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that she was indeed referring to the Disaster Artist director.

James has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, claiming that he prides himself on being able to take responsibility for his actions.

Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor said the claims made against him were “not accurate” and said he completely supports “people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long.”

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Much like Ireland's Strike for Repeal movement, the Women's March on Washington is continuing to promote feminist activism in the US by organising a general strike.

Coined The Day Without a Woman March, the strike is another message to President Donald Trump and his government about the importance of women.

By striking and refusing to spend American dollars, the activists hope to prove the value of women in the workforce.

"This grassroots movement is calling for a national general strike on Feburary 17, 2017 in defence of our nation’s constitution."

"On the day of the strike, we will not go to work (unless absolutely necessary). We will not go to school (unless necessary). We will not spend any money (unless necessary)."

"Instead, we will show dissent with unconstitutional governance through gatherings and activities to be organised at the local/personal level," reads the official website.

Ireland's women's strike is in protest agaist the 8th Amendment to the constitution wihich outlaws abortion, and was inspired by the success of women in Poland.

After a mass strike by Polish female workers the Polish government was forced to overturn legislation which intended to ban abortion in the country. 

The Strike For Repeal initiative invites Irish women and their allies to strike on March 8 in protest against Ireland's abortion laws. 

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As millions of women took to city streets to march for equality last weekend, several women, who were unable to attend official marches, held their own in the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment for cancer.

Taking to Twitter to share photographs of the march in the LA hospital, Allie Oetken wrote: "Couldn't make it the LA march today so we had to do our own protest around the hospital (only got 1 floor– we tried tho)."

Allie, who is currently living with a rare bone cancer known as Ewing's Sarcoma, told Seventeen that being unable to participate in an official march had left her feeling disheartened.

"I've been a cancer patient for two years now and have had clear scans until just about last weekend when they found a tumour on my skull. So I've been in the hospital mostly for pain management while we figure out what the plan is moving forward," she told the publication.

"Well that morning I knew there was going to be multiple women's marches around the country and world and was pretty bummed I wasn't going to be apart of it, especially since my friends were going to the LA one," she explained.

"Well in the middle of my wallowing, I heard another lady squeaking down the hallway chanting something so I went out and joined her and we had put together signs that say "Freedom for All" and things like that and marched with our IV poles as well as some of the nurses."

Allie says she was relieved to have been able to express her desire for equality with millions of other women over the weekend.

"It was small but very meaningful that I got to feel part of it and protest the new President and the gross rhetoric and behaviour that comes with his power and followers when I otherwise would have had to stay sick in bed and essentially be silent."

Twitter, unsurprisingly, has reacted to Allie's post with unbridled optimism for the future.

"This is beautiful. Keep fighting," wrote one while another remarked: "This is so beautiful and powerful."

"This may be my favourite post about #WomensMarch," added another to the post which has amassed 56,000 likes since its upload on Saturday.

 

 

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Millions of people around the world – including some 5,000 in Dublin – took to the streets over the weekend to march in protest. 

Their grievance? The inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States. 

Brandishing placards, banners, and signage, they made their voices heard loud and clear. 

And while there were numerous standout moments from the global movement (it took place on Saturday) one particularly adorable toddler is proving to be quite the little head-turner. 

Aged just 22 months her mother, Jenny Sowry, snapped her aloft upon her father's shoulders at the North Carolina march. 

The child, wrapped up warm against the city of Charlotte chill, can be seen in the image holding proudly above her head her very own contribution: a colourful collection of swiggles and lines set against a piece of brown cardboard. 

Jenny shared the picture on Facebook using the inspiring hashtags: #inherownwords #shespeaksforherself.

She was in attendance alongside her husband, Sam, and their two children – a nine-year-old son as well as the little girl in the photo. 

The toddler has already been turned into a meme (naturally), while numerous people have been taking to Twitter using the hashtag #wokebaby to share their joy at the sight of the small one.

“The word that keeps coming back to me is ‘hope,’” Ms Sowry told Buzzfeed.com in the aftermath. “It makes people hopeful that there is already a little one who is already speaking her mind.”

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Today, up to 5,000 men, women and children set out from the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin City to march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.

Banners flew and drums were beaten as people congregated to demonstrate that sexism, racism, and homophobia will not be tolerated.

A steady chant of "anti-women, anti-gay, Donald Trump go away" was the backing track to the march, as people the world over sought to make a statement to the 45th President of the United States on his first day in office.  

Organisations such as the Union of Students in Ireland, the Abortion Rights Campaign, the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, the People Before Profit Alliance and the National Women’s Council of Ireland were all present.

The march kicked off at around 12 noon, and the crowd made its way down O'Connell Street.

The march was intended to end in a rally outside the GPO, but due to the huge number of participants, the culmination of the march had to be moved back to the Garden of Remembrance. 

A number of marchers gave rousing speeches from the DIY palette podium, from Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland to Molly Cyr from the Abortion Rights Campaign. 

A similar demonstration also took place in Galway City's Eyre Square. 

SHEmazing! followed all the action live over on Facebook and Snapchat, at @Shemazingie.

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On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, thousands of women the world over are creating posters in preparation to march in support of gender equality.

The Women's March on Washington has been gearing up since it's online conception ten weeks ago, and has garnered the support of over half a million people across their various social media platforms.

Similar marches will be occurring in countries across the globe, and Ireland is one of them.

The Women's March on Washington – Dublin is happening tomorrow at 12 noon, and over 1,200 people have clicked attending on the events Facebook page. 

"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, recognising that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country," says The Women's March page. 

"The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us: immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, and survivors of sexual assault." 

"Our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear."

 

A video posted by Women's March (@womensmarch) on

Organisations like The Abortion Rights Campaign, Amnesty International Ireland, the Coalition to Repeal the 8th, Democrats Abroad and the European Network Against Racism have all offered their official support to tomorrows march in Dublin.

The march will begin at the Garden of Remembrance, culminating outside the GPO in a rally at 1.30pm. You can check out the event here.

SHEmazing! will be at tomorrows march, so follow us on Snapchat @shemazingie and on Facebook Live to keep up with all the action. 

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