Friday, June 6, 2008

finding a quotable eloquent woman

"If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names," said Elaine Gill, and I know how she feels. While searching for inspirational quotations from women speakers to share with you, I checked out Historical Voices, a thoroughly researched (but still in development) site that aims to collect recordings of great speakers from the earliest days of recorded sound...and found no woman speakers, even though early sound recordings included them.

The good news: There are some dedicated websites and books that catalog women's words, voices and speeches to inspire your public speaking. Here's a sampler:
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
I'd suggest that women public speakers use these quotations from other women two ways: As inspiration for your own forays into speaking publicly, and as your preferred source for quotations in your speeches--it'd be a powerful trend if women decidedly preferred to quote other women in their talks and presentations. Look for more updates on sources for these quotes in future posts, and feel free to share your favorites--quotes or sources--in the comments.

Buy books on quotes by women