“We live in a house built by slaves”​

“We live in a house built by slaves”​

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Where’s Nina Simone when we need her?

Where’s Nina Simone when we need her?

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Long overdue: Ida B. Wells gets a Pulitzer

Long overdue: Ida B. Wells gets a Pulitzer

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
The secret history of women’s speech

The secret history of women’s speech

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Recollecting the Voyage of the Damned

Recollecting the Voyage of the Damned

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
The Hidden History of Women’s Speech

The Hidden History of Women’s Speech

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Elizabeth I: A speech for hard times

Elizabeth I: A speech for hard times

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Isabella Beecher Hooker: Women are people

Isabella Beecher Hooker: Women are people

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
America’s first female speaker

America’s first female speaker

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Carrie Chapman Catt cries out the warning

Carrie Chapman Catt cries out the warning

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Woman as an “annex”​ to man

Woman as an “annex”​ to man

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Mary Baker Eddy defends Christian Science

Mary Baker Eddy defends Christian Science

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Who were history’s greatest speakers?

Who were history’s greatest speakers?

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Dueling views of divorce

Dueling views of divorce

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide

Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Sarah Monroe rallies the garment workers

Sarah Monroe rallies the garment workers

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
Madame Chiang Kai-shek speaks at the Garden

Madame Chiang Kai-shek speaks at the Garden

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
If women would just shut up . . .

If women would just shut up . . .

At the turn of the last century, women fighting for the vote faced significant disdain and censure that took many forms, including posters, brochures, and other literature.
“Fire in My Mouth”​ – how one woman’s words ignited an uprising

“Fire in My Mouth”​ – how one woman’s words ignited an uprising

Just in time for Labor Day comes a recording of a haunting new musical piece commemorating an infamous chapter in American labor history. "Fire In My Mouth," released August 30, tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in Lower Manhattan that claimed the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women and girls.
When women are tortured for using their voice

When women are tortured for using their voice

For a long time I’ve wondered, why don’t we associate women with powerful speaking? Why do we assume that women aren’t as successful as men at persuasion and influence when they step up to the stage?
Westchester Women Speak Out

Westchester Women Speak Out

For a long time I’ve wondered, why don’t we associate women with powerful speaking? Why do we assume that women aren’t as successful as men at persuasion and influence when they step up to the stage?
Using our voice to support women without a voice

Using our voice to support women without a voice

For a long time I’ve wondered, why don’t we associate women with powerful speaking? Why do we assume that women aren’t as successful as men at persuasion and influence when they step up to the stage?
Recovering a woman’s lost voice

Recovering a woman’s lost voice

Women throughout history have used their ideas, beliefs, and voices to speak out and advocate for change. Time and again, what they said was not written down or published, and their words were forgotten.
A cure for our ahistorical age

A cure for our ahistorical age

This week my mother turns 90. As my family gathers to celebrate her long life, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on nine decades in American history.
Great speeches never spoken

Great speeches never spoken

A fascinating and quirky new collection of speeches helps fill an important gap in the history of the spoken - and unspoken - word.
Doris Burke: A woman’s voice in sports

Doris Burke: A woman’s voice in sports

This week, ESPN's Doris Burke was named National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, the first woman to win a NSMA national award.
What is a woman’s voice worth?

What is a woman’s voice worth?

The other day I downloaded the December issue of Vital Speeches of the Day, the highly-esteemed monthly digest that proudly publishes “the best thinking by the world’s keenest minds.”
Vital Speeches needs women’s voices

Vital Speeches needs women’s voices

Michelle Obama’s memoir is not only a candid look at her journey from a cramped South Side apartment in Chicago to her position on the world stage today — it’s also full of lessons that any woman can learn from.
Michelle, the midterms, and the rise of women’s voices

Michelle, the midterms, and the rise of women’s voices

Michelle Obama’s memoir is making headlines for revelations about her infertility and unfiltered comments about Donald Trump. But I see an overarching theme that will endure long after the headlines have faded: the struggle of a woman to find her voice.
A well-spoken women on women speaking out

A well-spoken women on women speaking out

Michelle Obama’s memoir is not only a candid look at her journey from a cramped South Side apartment in Chicago to her position on the world stage today — it’s also full of lessons that any woman can learn from.
A woman who’s proudly loud

A woman who’s proudly loud

Viv Groskop is loud – and proud of it. “My big voice was frowned upon when I was a girl in the 70s,” says Groskop, a British journalist, author and comedian. But times are changing.
The manel is alive and well

The manel is alive and well

A recent survey shows that “manels” — all-male panels — are alive and well. The survey by Israeli event software company Bizzabo looked at thousands of the world’s largest professional events taking place in 23 countries over the past five years.
To Be Promoted, Promote Yourself

To Be Promoted, Promote Yourself

An enchanting new ad celebrates a little-known hero of the automotive industry: Bertha Benz, the wife and business partner of engineer Karl Benz. It was Bertha Benz who first took her husband’s invention – the horseless carriage – out for a spin in 1886, launching a new industry.
Bertha Benz, corporate branding, and the rise of female power

Bertha Benz, corporate branding, and the rise of female power

An enchanting new ad celebrates a little-known hero of the automotive industry: Bertha Benz, the wife and business partner of engineer Karl Benz. It was Bertha Benz who first took her husband’s invention – the horseless carriage – out for a spin in 1886, launching a new industry.
Speak up or hold back? A dilemma for women in the workplace

Speak up or hold back? A dilemma for women in the workplace

An article published this week in Harvard Business Review highlights a dilemma for women in the workplace. They know their career advancement depends, in large part, on their ability to step up and be recognized for their accomplishments. An abundance of research shows visibility is critical to career advancement.
Here’s to a fine piece of storytelling

Here’s to a fine piece of storytelling

A witty new ad for Grammarly, the writing improvement software, shows us the power of a expertly crafted story. In "The Wedding Toast," the best man to-be struggles to find the right words for his friend's big day - a situation familiar to anyone who's ever wrestled with the blank page.
Do women’s opinions count?

Do women’s opinions count?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that smart women have ideas to contribute to the public dialogue. And yet ... somehow we continue to underutilize this valuable resource.
To persuade, appeal to feel

To persuade, appeal to feel

In her new book, science journalist Angela Saini explores the history behind the idea that women don't make good scientists.
Before persuading, pre-suade

Before persuading, pre-suade

We all hope to be more persuasive, whether we’re selling, seducing, lobbying, advocating, preaching or parenting.
Illumination from the diva of presentation design

Illumination from the diva of presentation design

Every protagonist faces the same choices, says Nancy Duarte, CEO of Silicon Valley-based Duarte Design. She describes the protagonist's dilemma in her latest book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols....
Thought leadership in an eHarmony world

Thought leadership in an eHarmony world

In his keynote at Pubcon in Las Vegas earlier this week, marketing guru Guy Kawasaki revealed that the key to successful marketing can be found in the online dating world. “Marketing is a Tinder world,” he said. “Not an eHarmony world.”
“Lincoln Speaks”: A Review

“Lincoln Speaks”: A Review

“Public sentiment is everything,” declared Abraham Lincoln in 1858 during his first senatorial debate with Stephen Douglas. “…He who molds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statues or pronounces decisions.”