Friday, December 27, 2013

2013's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts on The Eloquent Woman

Every week, we publish a "Famous Speech Friday" post featuring a famous speech by a woman. Later, we collect the FSF posts in The Eloquent Woman Index, and this year, we've also been posting compilations that collect FSF posts by type of speaker, topic, or type of speech. Here are the FSF posts that drew the most readers in 2013:
  1. 17 famous African-American women's speeches was our first compilation post--and, far and away, the most popular FSF post of the year. I've updated it to include this year's entries.
  2. Kavita Krishnan on safety and India's rape culture was a fiery speech made after the world learned of the horrific and fatal group rape and beating of a young Indian woman. Krishnan speaks here of the tyranny of telling women to stay safe and at home, which replaces any serious effort at changing a rape culture so women can move freely in society.
  3. Five famous speeches by women who feared public speaking tells you that you're not the only one. This group has no less than three first ladies of the United States, a noted scientist and a princess.
  4. 13 famous human rights speeches by women catalogs great speeches advocating all sorts of human rights: for prisoners of war, women, the LGBT community, and more.
  5. Indira Gandhi's "What Educated Women Can Do" celebrated the work of a women's college--and shared her own sketchy educational background. From a great prime minister in 1974.
  6. Six famous speeches by women scientists celebrates women who advanced our knowledge while breaking down barriers in their own paths, from astronauts and environmentalists to biologists.
  7. Six famous extemporaneous speeches by women gives you a look at six stunning speeches, all done without text or notes. True tours de force, they range from commencement keynotes to awards acceptances.
  8. Shirley Chisholm introduces the Equal Rights Amendment was a reminder rather than a ground-breaker: The legislation had languished for 40 years when she took up its cause again in the 1960s. A stirring speech that minces no words.
  9. Queen Elizabeth I to the troops at Tilbury is beloved of speechwriters--but which version? I've got them all for you in this post on the oldest speech in the Index.
  10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "If your dreams do not scare you" was a commencement speech from the Liberian president that uses simple words to push big ideas. 
We'll keep at Famous Speech Friday in 2014, and I hope you'll share famous speeches by women you'd like to see in the series. Thanks for reading every Friday! If you missed them, our top 10 public speaking posts for 2013 were rounded up on Wednesday.

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