Friday, December 25, 2015

2015's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts

In 2015, your most-read Famous Speech Friday speeches took place at TED and on television, at awards ceremonies and (figuratively) in an elevator. There were keynotes and knockout hits. They tackle education, work, arts, religion, politics, and women's rights. Only a couple of this year's top 10 came from the past, and one--number one--was given by a man, one of the few in our collection. Read on for your favorite famous speeches by women (or about them):
  1. Jimmy Carter on religion and women speakers was far and away your favorite speech post of 2015. This is a no-holds-barred TEDWomen talk in which the former president speaks frankly about discrimination against women in organized religion--which often involves public speaking.
  2. Elizabeth Warren on The Daily Show in 2009  shared this confident speaker's great moment of fear before her first appearance on the show, recalled as host Jon Stewart announced he was leaving that post.
  3. Maria Klawe on asking for salary increases happened during a controversial on-stage interview with Microsoft's CEO. Reader Cate Huston was there and wrote this guest FSF for us.
  4. Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015 looked back on her early experience with online shaming and bullying, and its impact on her and her family.
  5. Lupita Nyong'o on following your fear was a keynote at a women's conference that started by admitting her fear after accepting the invitation to speak...and much more.
  6. Actor Viola Davis's "Everything should be spoken" could be the philosophy of this blog. Another great speech about the difficulties of women of color in Hollywood, strong and moving.
  7. Katharine Hayhoe's climate change elevator pitch isn't just short. It helps other scientists figure out how to explain the urgency of climate change in language anyone can understand, briefly.
  8. Charlotte Church's lecture on sexism in music addressed an industry group and didn't mince words. Her dramatic, visual, visceral opening is just one factor that made this a great speech.
  9. Huda Shaarawi at the 1944 Arab Feminist Conference shares the inspiring words of an earlier era's leader at the first-ever feminist conference held in the region.
  10. Linda Cliatt-Wayman on fixing broken schools was the talk that closed this year's TEDWomen conference. With. A. Bang.