Women’s History Month, again

Denise Graveline opens Women’s History Month by posting links to discussions of 39 famous speeches by women. Still shocking to read—

You’ll notice a big gap–nearly 300 years–between the earliest speech in the Index by Queen Elizabeth I in 1588 and Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech in 1851, and that’s no mistake: For many of those years, women in many cultures were forbidden to speak in public. “History has many themes,” wrote Kathleen Hall Jamieson. “One of them is that women should be quiet.”

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