A British politician quoted Taylor Swift's 'The Man' during an International Women's Day debate in Parliament

  • A British politican quoted Taylor Swift's song "The Man" during a parliamentary debate for International Women's Day.
  • The Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss discussed the need for gender equality across the workforce and greater protection for women against domestic violence before reciting Swift's lyrics. 
  • "And so that, in the words of the brilliant Taylor Swift in her new song, 'women aren't left running as fast as they can, wondering if they'd get there quicker if they were a man,'" Truss said. 
  • Truss previously met the singer during a BAFTAs dinner in 2019, after which she shared a selfie on Instagram captioned: "Look what you made me do, Taylor….."
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A British politican called Taylor Swift "brilliant" and then quoted her new single "The Man" during a debate in British Parliament for International Women's Day.

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, used Swift's song as a source of inspiration as she discussed the need for gender equality in the workforce and greater protection for women against domestic violence. 

"The Government's role is to remove the barriers for women, so that it is their talent, ideas, and character that matter and not anything else," she began. 

"And so that, in the words of the brilliant Taylor Swift in her new song, 'women aren't left running as fast as they can, wondering if they'd get there quicker if they were a man.'

"The rights and safety of women are of the utmost importance to the Government," Truss said. 

It's not the first time Swift's lyrics have been cited during parliamentary proceedings.

Back in 2015, the Australian senator for New South Wales, Sam Dastyari, said he was "quoting a poet" before reciting a few lines from her hit 2014 song "Blank Space." 

Truss appears to be a Swift fan outside of Parliament, too. The British politican met the "Lover" singer-songwriter at a BAFTAs dinner in 2019. 

Truss shared a selfie with her from the event and captioned it: "Look what you made me do, Taylor….," referencing Swift's 2017 song, and hashatagged "squad goals." 

Swift's music video for "The Man," which was released on February 27, saw the star completely transform into a man through use of prosthetics.

The 30-year-old highlighted gender stereotyping and imbalance as she imagined herself as a wealthy white male.

She recreated scenes from "The Wolf of Wall Street," her own music video "Me!" and even took swipes at famous men including her ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhall and record label exec Scooter Braun.

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