Discover the inspiring voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation. The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, Great Womens Speeches is about women at the forefront of change-within politics, science, human rights, and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender, and women's rights. From Emmeline Pankhurst's Freedom or Death speech and Marie Curie's trailblazing Nobel lecture, to Michelle Obama speaking on parenthood in politics and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza's stirring ode to black women, the words collected here are empowering, engaging, and inspiring. New Yorker writer Anna Russell introduces each speech with a concise bio of the remarkable woman who delivered it. Paired with powerful illustrations from Camila Pinheiro, the unique personality of each woman is brought to vivid life. A pink ribbon keeps your place in the book. This anthology of outspoken women throughout history is essential reading for anyone who believes that change is not only possible, it is necessary. The women: Elizabeth I; Fanny Wright; Maria Stewart; Angelina Grimke; Sojourner Truth; Victoria Woodhull; Sarah Winnemucca; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Mary Church Terrell; Ida B. Wells; Countess Markievicz; Marie Curie; Emmeline Pankhurst; Nellie McClung; Jutta Bojsen-Moller; Emma Goldman; Nancy Astor; Margaret Sanger; Virginia Woolf; Huda Shaarawi; Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti; Eva Peron; Helen Keller; Eleanor Roosevelt; Shirley Chisholm; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Sylvia Rivera; Simone Veil; Indira Gandhi; Margaret Thatcher; Ursula K. Le Guin; Barbara McClintock; Corazon C. Aquino; Naomi Wolf; Severn Cullis-Suzuki; Wilma Mankiller; Toni Morrison; Hillary Clinton; Wangari Maathai; J.K. Rowling; Angela Merkel; Sheryl Sandberg; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Asmaa Mahfouz; Manal al-Sharif; Julia Gillard; Malala Yousafzai; Emma Watson; Jane Goodall; Michelle Obama; Gloria Steinem; Beatrice Fihn; Alicia Garza; Maya Lin.
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02 March 2021
IntroductionElizabeth I, On the Spanish Armada, 1588Fanny Wright, Of Free Inquiry Considered as a Means for Obtaining Just Knowledge, 1829Maria Stewart, Farewell Address, 1833Angelina Grimke, Anti-Slavery Speech, 1838Sojourner Truth, Aint I A Woman?, 1851Victoria Woodhull, The Principles of Social Freedom, 1871Sarah Winnemucca, Indian Affairs Statement, 1884Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Solitude of Self, 1892Mary Church Terrell, What it Means to be Colored in the Capital of the United States, 1906Ida B. Wells, This Awful Slaughter, 1909Countess Markievicz, Women, Ideals and the Nation, 1909Marie Curie, Nobel Prize Lecture: Radium and the New Concepts in Chemistry, 1911Emmeline Pankhurst, Freedom or Death, 1913Nellie McClung, Should Men Vote?, 1914Jutta Bojsen-Moller, Victory for Votes, 1915Emma Goldman, Address to the Jury, 1917Nancy Astor, Maiden Speech in Parliament, 1920Margaret Sanger, The Morality of Birth Control, 1921Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women, 1931Huda Shaarawi, Speech at the Arab Feminist Conference, 1944Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, A Talk About Women, 1949Eva Peron, Speech to the Descamisados, 1951Helen Keller, The Life and Legacy of Louis Braille, 1952Eleanor Roosevelt, The United Nations as a Bridge, 1954Shirley Chisholm, Equal Rights for Women, 1969Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Argument in Frontiero v. Richardson, 1973Sylvia Rivera, Yall Better Quiet Down, 1973Simone Veil, Speech to Parliament on Abortion Law, 1974Indira Gandhi, True Liberation of Women, 1980Margaret Thatcher, The Lady is Not For Turning, 1981Ursula K. LeGuin, A Left-Handed Commencement Speech, 1983Barbara McClintock, Nobel Lecture, 1983Corazon Aquino, Speech During the Joint Session of the US Congress, 1986Naomi Wolf, A Womans Place, 1992Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Address to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, 1992Wilma Mankiller, Commencement Address, 1992Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture, 1993Hillary Clinton, Remarks for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, 1995Wangari Maathai, Nobel Lecture, 2004J.K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Speech, 2008Angela Merkel, Speech to the US Congress, 2009Sheryl Sandberg, Barnard College Commencement Address, 2011Ellen Jonson Sirleaf, Nobel Lecture, 2011Asmaa Mahfouz, The Vlog that Helped Spark the Egyptian Revolution, 2011Manal al-Sharif, The Drive for Freedom, 2012Julia Gillard, The Misogyny Speech, 2012Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Lecture, 2014Emma Watson, UN Speech on HeForShe, 2014Jane Goodall, Caring for the Earth - Reasons for Hope, 2016Michelle Obama, Speech at the Democratic National Convention, 2016Gloria Steinem, Women's March Speech, 2017Beatrice Fihn, Nobel Lecture, 2017Alicia Garza, An Ode to Black Women, 2017Maya Lin, SVA Commencement Address, 2018 More Women to Inspire Read All About It! Credits Acknowledgements
Anna Russell is an editor and writer for The Talk of the Town section at The New Yorker. She was previously the arts and culture correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in London, and has worked under several other publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, Newsweek, and The New York Daily News. She studied English literature at New York University. Camila Pinheiro is an illustrator, artist, and mother living in Sao Paulo, Brasil. She studied fashion and design in Sao Paulo, and worked for Dior and several agencies before opening her own studio. Her influences range from Magritte, Matisse and Mondrian to Alexander Girard.