This past weekend, we all witnessed an event that empowered so many people and took over social media. This event was the Women’s March. It took place on January 20th, which is the one year anniversary the Women’s March in 2017 after the President’s inauguration. This event was held all over the United States in cities including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more. Many other countries joined in, and just to name a few are Italy, Canada, and the UK. The main reason for this march was to encourage females to go to register to voted to make sure we are standing up for the women running for office.
In each city, thousands of people lined the streets to march for their social and political rights. There were so many people that came out to this event to speak including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio, and so many more. The one person though that impacted so many was Halsey.
Halsey is a very well-known singer around the world and on that day in NYC, she performed a poem called “A Story Like Mine”. After posting this video, it became viral. The poem begins with her speaking about the time she took her friend to Planned Parenthood after being raped. Not feeling like they could tell anybody without extreme judgement, they both kept quiet. She moves on to a time where she was forced to have sex with her boyfriend, again feeling as if she wasn’t able to speak about this openly. It continues with her talking about how she believed a couple of years ago that now she was famous and in the public eye, she could talk about anything. But in 2017, she had a miscarriage and still was so afraid of the judgment she would face. After revealing what she believed had to be her deepest and darkest secrets, she says: “Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues; For the people who had to grow up way too young; There is work to be done; There are songs to be sung; Lord knows there’s a war to be won”.
After hearing this speech, women around the world opened up about stories they felt they could never tell. A simple video of a poem, that was written the night before at 2am, impacted so many. I truly hope that this viral video makes people feel empowered to stand up and speak about those things that they have hid for so long.