This book is a wonderful resource for anyone (and it should be just about all of us) who cares about women’s voices and what women have to say. It was masterfully put together by Anna Russell and includes speeches (although often not the full speech) by women beginning with Elizabeth the First and going historically up through Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher among others. Below are the names of just some of the women in this book; the range is enormous and you will find words of those you know and those whom you are hearing for the first time.
Sojourner Truth, Sarah Winnemucca, Ida B. Wells, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emma Goldman, Nancy Astor, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Sanger, Marie Curie, Helen Keller, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Eva Peron, Helen Keller, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Namomi Wolf, Wilma Mankiller, J.K. Rowling, Julia Gillard, Michelle Obama and Maya Lin.
The book opens with an excellent introduction which talks about the author’s process in finding and selecting the entries. Along the way, she gives the reader an understanding of the importance of women’s written words.
Each entry features biographical information, the speech, a full page quote and biographical illustrations of the orators. This book can be read in any order. It is a wonderful resource and would make an excellent addition to any young to older woman’s bookshelf…to say nothing of men and boys’ shelves too.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto publishing for this excellent read. It is is not often that I go on to buy a book that I have been able to review as a galley but this time I will. I want to be able to spend more time with this formidable collection of women’s wisdom.