Compelling and effective oratory does not have to be male.
In an ideal world, She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices would not need to be written. However, while the first result of a Google search presents a list of ‘The 30 Greatest Speeches in History’, all of which were given by men, the sad reality is that such books are a necessity. They are necessary because they open our eyes to the fact that powerful words do not just come from one gender; they create awareness of the threats of violence received by women who speak out to make a difference in this world; and they encourage us, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said to Harvard graduates in 2019, to “tear down the walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness, for nothing has to stay as it is”.
British politician Yvette Cooper has put together an anthology of powerful speeches from women who have sought to make a difference, sharing the story of each speechmaker as an introduction to their words. Speeches given by Joan of Arc, Margaret Thatcher, Michelle Obama and Emma Watson show the power of females throughout history to inspire change, transform lives and radically alter history. While readers may not agree with every word written, there can be no doubt that there is power in the voices of these and many other women throughout history. And that compelling and effective oratory does definitely not have to be male.
She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices is available at major bookstores.