Thursday, May 21, 2009

where are top current women speakers?

Trainer Jess Todtfeld wrote to me to say, "I have been looking more closely for video of great female speakers. I am really surprised how many sites point to women of the past and not enough to the present." I agree with Jess: Examples--especially visual ones--of outstanding modern female speakers are sorely lacking. This could be about a lack of video, but I doubt it. I've observed before that lists like the "top 100 American political speeches," only a handful of women appear--and even fewer are our contemporaries. (On that list, only Barbara Jordan makes it to the top 10.)

So here's a call for good video examples: If you've got an eloquent woman speaker at your organization, or are a fan of a particular speech that demonstrates what current women can do as speakers, please submit video of her to info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz, or use the comments to tell us where to find it. I'll do some searching, too. Please feel free to share this request with others! I'll post the examples and am hoping we will find enough to compile our own list. No limits: These can be famous, infamous or relatively unknown speakers, but do add a few words to let us know why you think they are particularly eloquent examples.

Related posts:

All my posts on Barbara Jordan


Corinne said...

Great minds think alike: Barbara Jordan is my top choice, too.

Beth Schachter said...

I suspect you already have Hillary on your list but I would like to reinforce that vote. She spoke at the Barnard graduation and my neighbor, a Barnard faculty member, was absolutely breathless in her enthusiasm for Hilliary's inspirational speech. My neighbor implied that Secretary Clinton's speech brought the entire house to both cheers and tears. said...

I have a nominee: Stacy Allison. Stacy was the first American woman to climb Mt Everest, has been climbing mountains and leading expeditions for 20 years in remote regions around the world, including Tibet, Pakistan, and Russia. She is one of the most dynamic, passionate, encouraging speakers out there! Anyone who has heard her speak will tell you that she is a true inspiration. We have a bio and video clip on our site -- but we also probably have a longer video on file that I could send you.

Vince Stevenson said...

There are some very good women speakers out there, but you don't see them very often. I was at a seminar on Monday with six platform speakers, not one woman among them. Tragic. Rgds Vince