Pick up any book on the greatest speeches of all time and you’ll find all the usual suspects – Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King. Elizabeth I and Emmeline Pankhurst will get a look-in, but you could easily be forgiven for thinking that powerful and persuasive oratory is largely a male preserve.
That perception is one that Labour MP Yvette Cooper sets out to challenge in her forthcoming book She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices. From Boudica to Margaret Thatcher and from Malala Yousafzai to gun-control activist Emma Gonzalez, Cooper tells the story of 30 inspirational speeches by women who have used their voices to provoke change, transform lives and radically alter history.
In this special Intelligence Squared event, Cooper will be joined in conversation by Daisy Goodwin, author, producer and creator of the hit television drama Victoria. Together they will discuss the courage and moral strength of women who chose to speak out. And just as in our recent acclaimed events on great letters and poetry, there will be a cast of performers to bring the speeches to life on stage.
Join us and discover the bravery and inspiration of women’s voices down the ages.
Experience 3 events for the price of 2 this autumn. A special discount bundle is offered for She Speaks, a season celebrating women’s voices. Over three inspiring evenings we will bring together some of the country’s most prominent female journalists, thinkers and public figures including Mary Beard, Meera Syal, Mishal Husain, Yvette Cooper, Diane Abbott and many more.
She Speaks bundle tickets give entry to this event plus Mary Beard, Rachel Reeves and Priti Patel On Women In Power and Trailblazers: Women Leading The Way. Choose the SHE SPEAKS ticket bundle option at checkout. To upgrade an already-purchased ticket to a bundle contact email@example.com.
Chair and Actors to be announced.
Speakers and actors are subject to change.