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Halsey’s Moving Women’s March Speech Is A Must-See For Every Feminist

Halsey, Women's March

In what is now an annual event, women and men took to the streets in Canada, the U.S. and beyond this week to continue the fight against gender inequality, including sexual assault, harassment, and mistreatment of the disenfranchised.

In New York, L.A., and Washington, celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, and Cameron Diaz marched with thousands of other advocates while armed with signs and messages of inclusion.

Drew Barrymore posted a tearful Instagram video from the march in New York encouraging all those around her to ‘fight like a girl.’

Many celebs gave impassioned speeches at Saturday’s rallies, including Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis, Eva Longoria, Sarah Hyland, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. But the one speech that we haven’t been able to get out of our heads is the stunning and visceral spoken word poem delivered by Halsey.

After attending last year’s march in Washington, Halsey was asked to perform a speech at this year’s march in New York. Writing on her Instagram page, Halsey said she was in a state of panic ‘for days,’ not knowing how and where to start.

“The night before the march I penned this poem at 2 in the morning and the words spilled out of me like white water rushing down a river bend. I didn’t realize how emotional it would be for me to speak my truth but it was. And I’m so happy I did it.”

Continuing, Halsey wrote, “The support I’ve received since is overwhelming and it’s humbling and as a POET (which I always have been, songs or not) it was unbelievable to see people actually get the message. And terrifying and comforting and confusing to see how many had stories to share that reinforced the sentiment and the title. We have a long way to go. But I’m thankful we are united over this.”

2 days ago I recited a poem I wrote called “A Story Like Mine” at the Women’s March in NYC. I was asked to give a speech and I panicked for days. I wasn’t sure where to start. The night before the march I penned this poem at 2 in the morning and the words spilled out of me like white water rushing down a river bend. I didn’t realize how emotional it would be for me to speak my truth but it was. And I’m so happy I did it. The support I’ve received since is overwhelming and it’s humbling and as a POET (which I always have been, songs or not) it was unbelievable to see people actually get the message. And terrifying and comforting and confusing to see how many had stories to share that reinforced the sentiment and the title. We have a long way to go. But I’m thankful we are united over this. I’ve included a link to the poem in my bio. Thank you.

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In Halsey’s poem “A Story Like Mine,” the singer recounts with startling and sobering rawness her experiences dealing with sexual trauma, including being sexually assaulted by a former boyfriend and accompanying her friend Sam to Planned Parenthood after Sam was raped by a man in an after school program.

Delivering her words with a haunting honesty and urgency, Halsey reveals that she now understands that not even fame and fortune has made her feel safe as a woman, calling on men and women to unite in the fight against violence against women.

In a weekend full of empowering and inspiring messages, Halsey’s personal words of abuse and reclaiming of agency stand out for their frankness and beautiful delivery. If you weren’t a Halsey fan before, you will be now.

Check out Halsey’s incredible performance of “A Story Like Mine” below.