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Speaking While Female Women' Speech Bank

Speaking While Female is a new initiative that showcases women speakers across time and around the world, from antiquity to the present. Historically women have been nearly absent from the record of public speaking. What they said was seldom respected, recorded, or remembered. 

It’s time to change that.

We want every girl and woman to see what a powerful female speaker looks like – to read her words and hear what she sounds like. That’s why we’re featuring transcripts, video – and, in some cases, just recorded sound. 

Ida B. Wells on lynching. Rose Schneiderman on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Alexandra Kollontai on revolution. Mary Robinson on human rights. Margaret Thatcher’s “Iron Lady” speech. Oprah at the Golden Globes. They’re all here, and hundreds more. We’re sharing the unforgettable words, images and sounds of women advancing their vision and advocating for change. 

We’re shining a spotlight on women of different ethnicities, nationalities, and perspectives. We’re recovering the women history forgot – protecting their legacy, making them accessible to younger generations, and promoting women’s speech for the future.

Because women’s words matter.



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