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Book Review: She Speaks - The Power of Women's Voices by Yvette Cooper

Book Review: She Speaks - The Power of Women's Voices by Yvette Cooper

Book Review: She Speaks - The Power of Women's Voices by Yvette Cooper

7 March 2020

Actress Emma Watson's 2014 HeForShe speech to the United Nations is included in this anthology documenting speeches from women in history.

Reviewed by Amanda Hart

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 35 Greatest Speeches in History’, all of which were given by men, the sad reality is that such books are a necessity.

They are a necessity to open our eyes to the fact that powerful words do not just come from one gender; to create awareness of the threats of violence received by women who speak out to make a difference in this world, and as Angela Merkel said, to “tear down the walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness”.

Yvette Cooper, a British Labour Party politician, has put together a powerful anthology of humdinger speeches from brave women who have sought to make a difference, sharing the story of each speechmaker as an introduction. From speeches gives by Joan of Arc, to First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Emma Watson, these speeches show the power of females throughout history.

While this reader 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.

She Speaks is available at major bookstores.

Captain Amanda Hart is the Corps Officer at Warragul in Victoria.

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