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History didn’t listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out … A lot of history is made up of speeches. Speeches about big ideas, celebratory speeches, rousing speeches to inspire soldiers to fight to the death, comic speeches to help us see the funny side to life. From Jesus to Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr. and even Donald Trump, we’ve be History didn’t listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out … A lot of history is made up of speeches. Speeches about big ideas, celebratory speeches, rousing speeches to inspire soldiers to fight to the death, comic speeches to help us see the funny side to life. From Jesus to Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr. and even Donald Trump, we’ve been raised with the words of important men ringing in our ears … But where are all the women? Unless you’re the type of person who loves researching suffrage speeches, you are unlikely to know many soundbites from women throughout history. Outspoken: 50 Speeches by Incredible Women is going to change that. From Joan of Arc and Virginia Woolf, to Oprah Winfrey and Greta Thunberg, this is a celebration of outstanding and outspoken women everywhere.


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History didn’t listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out … A lot of history is made up of speeches. Speeches about big ideas, celebratory speeches, rousing speeches to inspire soldiers to fight to the death, comic speeches to help us see the funny side to life. From Jesus to Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr. and even Donald Trump, we’ve be History didn’t listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out … A lot of history is made up of speeches. Speeches about big ideas, celebratory speeches, rousing speeches to inspire soldiers to fight to the death, comic speeches to help us see the funny side to life. From Jesus to Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr. and even Donald Trump, we’ve been raised with the words of important men ringing in our ears … But where are all the women? Unless you’re the type of person who loves researching suffrage speeches, you are unlikely to know many soundbites from women throughout history. Outspoken: 50 Speeches by Incredible Women is going to change that. From Joan of Arc and Virginia Woolf, to Oprah Winfrey and Greta Thunberg, this is a celebration of outstanding and outspoken women everywhere.

30 review for Outspoken: 50 Speeches by Incredible Women from Boudicca to Michelle Obama

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Short speeches by a bunch of incredible women. Many I’d heard of (Michelle Obama, Joan of Arc, Greta Thunberg, Audre Lorde, Margaret Sanger, Sojourner Truth) and others are new to me (Sor Juana, Annie Sprinkle, Jacinda Ardern, Mhairi Black, Sacheen Littlefeather, Vivienne Ming). Read it in fits and starts over a month, felt inspired and provoked.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Corrie Mwende

    Every woman should read this #book. It's a cocktail of topics from women across the 🌍. Famous women. Hated women. Loved women. Admired women. Dating back to the 1st century BC, Outspoken captures speeches that changed lives, formed movements & informed policies. Reading the voices of these women who were not shy to speak truths of injustices, bias and reinventions, got me thinking that the fight for equality is far from being won. The pace was set and each one of us has a responsibility to influe Every woman should read this #book. It's a cocktail of topics from women across the 🌍. Famous women. Hated women. Loved women. Admired women. Dating back to the 1st century BC, Outspoken captures speeches that changed lives, formed movements & informed policies. Reading the voices of these women who were not shy to speak truths of injustices, bias and reinventions, got me thinking that the fight for equality is far from being won. The pace was set and each one of us has a responsibility to influence change- with our voice and actions. Words have changed nations. They have claimed spaces for men and women to be liberated. Words have started wars. They have brought love. Thank you Deborah Coughlin for compiling these great speeches. "History didn’t listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out …"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth McClean

    Thought-provoking, inspirational, and refreshing to read. This book has honestly changed the way I view things, in particular the viewpoints of those I don't agree with. Even when I was reading speeches from women I fundamentally disagreed with, I still found myself engaged with the book and I was learning from it. In a world where feminism is often misconstrued, this book is a wonderful reminder of why we still need feminism, and why it should not be shameful to be a feminist. Thought-provoking, inspirational, and refreshing to read. This book has honestly changed the way I view things, in particular the viewpoints of those I don't agree with. Even when I was reading speeches from women I fundamentally disagreed with, I still found myself engaged with the book and I was learning from it. In a world where feminism is often misconstrued, this book is a wonderful reminder of why we still need feminism, and why it should not be shameful to be a feminist.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Simpson

    Full review at http://www.themillennialbookreader.co... All in all I love this book, it’s so beautiful and inspiring and I think everyone should read this book, men and women. Full review at http://www.themillennialbookreader.co... All in all I love this book, it’s so beautiful and inspiring and I think everyone should read this book, men and women.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Library_geek

    While my beliefs don't align with everything in the book, I was really inspired by many of the speeches and learning about some incredible women I had never heard of. While my beliefs don't align with everything in the book, I was really inspired by many of the speeches and learning about some incredible women I had never heard of.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Newbury

    Some interesting speeches, some strange choices. I feel I would have enjoyed it more without all the additional thoughts from the 'author' (compiler?) Some interesting speeches, some strange choices. I feel I would have enjoyed it more without all the additional thoughts from the 'author' (compiler?)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura Burton

    An amazing collection of speeches from some inspirational feminist icons, although I can’t agree with all of the beliefs outlined in some of theses speeches due to their lack of intersectionality. It’s a truly wonderful read that speaks to the heart of every feminist in stating that all women should be heard regardless of whether you agree with what is said.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Clara Rands

    'Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women' (Nora Ephron). This book is full of inspiring and courageous women, who have taken risks to speak up, create change and offer freedom for women. 'Freedom to talk, love, move, be. Freedom to take part in politics, to debate, to rebel. 'Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women' (Nora Ephron). This book is full of inspiring and courageous women, who have taken risks to speak up, create change and offer freedom for women. 'Freedom to talk, love, move, be. Freedom to take part in politics, to debate, to rebel. Freedom to dream. Even with all our privileges, it can be hard to think of ourselves as free, because it's so easy to feel stuck. Stuck in a shitty financial situation. Stuck in a crappy relationship. Stuck in a body that doesn't do what you want' (Deborah Coughlin). This book is a good reminder that we must continue to be heard and practise being outspoken.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I loved the speeches in this book, it included such a variety of women with insights into so many issues. A few of my favourites included those from Jameela Jamil, Mhairi Black and Kae Tempest. However, I felt that the small introductions by Coughlin before each speech were unnecessary. It was useful to have some background information on the women, as many of them I hadn't heard of and I liked the premise of her linking aspects of the speeches to her own life but I just don't felt it payed off I loved the speeches in this book, it included such a variety of women with insights into so many issues. A few of my favourites included those from Jameela Jamil, Mhairi Black and Kae Tempest. However, I felt that the small introductions by Coughlin before each speech were unnecessary. It was useful to have some background information on the women, as many of them I hadn't heard of and I liked the premise of her linking aspects of the speeches to her own life but I just don't felt it payed off in the way she wanted it to. It felt too try-hard in my opinion, often as though she was trying to appeal to a younger demographic and show them she could relate. At times, her writing also often felt disjointed and clunky. I do commend her for compiling this book though; it needed to be done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Neverending Booklover

    Toto je taká kniha, že úplne neviem ako ju ohodnotiť aj slovne. Veľmi oceňujem autorkinu snahu "poskladať" knihu, ktorá by obsahovala 50 prejavov žien z rôznych období. V tomto smere, skvelé. Väčšina prejavov bola skvelá alebo dobrá. No, ale potom boli cca 4, ktoré ma vyslovene nebavili. Nudila som sa pri nich a aj keď chápem, prečo ich tam autorka dala, naozaj by mi tam nechýbali. Aj tak však knihu hodnotím pozitívne, nakoľko som si čítanie užila a veľmi ma bavilo čítať to. No a je tam veľmi veľa Toto je taká kniha, že úplne neviem ako ju ohodnotiť aj slovne. Veľmi oceňujem autorkinu snahu "poskladať" knihu, ktorá by obsahovala 50 prejavov žien z rôznych období. V tomto smere, skvelé. Väčšina prejavov bola skvelá alebo dobrá. No, ale potom boli cca 4, ktoré ma vyslovene nebavili. Nudila som sa pri nich a aj keď chápem, prečo ich tam autorka dala, naozaj by mi tam nechýbali. Aj tak však knihu hodnotím pozitívne, nakoľko som si čítanie užila a veľmi ma bavilo čítať to. No a je tam veľmi veľa zaujímavých myšlienok a pasáží, pri ktorých som použila viac lepíkov by som čakala.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarak77

    "God hath put no such difference between the Male and the Female as men would make." Margaret Fell This is an inspirational collection of speeches from a diverse range of women introduced in an informed and entertaining way by author Deborah Coughlin. All women should be vigilant against the suffocating influence of the Angel in the house. "God hath put no such difference between the Male and the Female as men would make." Margaret Fell This is an inspirational collection of speeches from a diverse range of women introduced in an informed and entertaining way by author Deborah Coughlin. All women should be vigilant against the suffocating influence of the Angel in the house.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Franklin

    A book full of inspiration. Coughlin has created a perfectly curated collection of speech excerpts from women leaders across history. Lots of quotes to remember and women’s lives and work to explore further. The physical book design is also beautiful. A perfect gift to yourself or others.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    A great book to dip into for inspiration

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan McMinn

    Great read from women of all different eras and backgrounds. Very inspiring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Imi Farmer

    A diversive range of speeches by women fighting to make the world a better place. I have underlined so much and it's definetely one that I will come back to when in need of inspiring voices. A diversive range of speeches by women fighting to make the world a better place. I have underlined so much and it's definetely one that I will come back to when in need of inspiring voices.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Find it weird to rate this but it was a great and inspiring collection of insightful speeches from a diverse range of powerful women.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Incredible book. Can’t wait to re-read!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Great!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Inspiring.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    An excellent collection of inspiring and insightful speeches. Removed a star for the fact it made practically zero reference to motherhood in all the areas it hit up. Seemed a bizarre omission.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cooper Gorman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannan

  24. 5 out of 5

    mina

  25. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hallissey

  27. 4 out of 5

    James McGing

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Summer Franklin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Desislava Ilieva

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