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Women's Voices in our Time : Statements by American Leaders
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  • Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco, University of Northern Iowa
  • Marvin D. Jensen, University of Northern Iowa
Voices of wisdom and inspiration and outrage, words that move and lead, are expressions of character--not reflections of gender. This collection, then, is an attempt to address the exclusion of female rhetors from traditional anthologies by featuring the speeches of twenty-eight American women who represent a new style of leadership. These women vary in age, ethnicity, and political and social ideology, yet as speakers they share several traits: all speak with active, not passive, voices; all have messages for men as well as women; all demonstrate an awareness of their audience; all speak for something--offering listeners not just a perception of wrongs but an affirmation of alternatives; and all offer some vision that goes beyond narrow ideology. Moreover, the editors have presented each speech in context, documenting when possible the intention and approach of the speaker, as well as the audience response. Women's Voices in Our Time is an important step in the documentation of women's attempts to claim the public speaking platform as their own. - Provided by publisher
  • Women -- United States -- Social conditions; Speeches,
  • addresses,
  • etc.,
  • American -- Women authors; Women orators -- United States -- Case studies;
Document Type
Publication Date
Waveland Press
Department of Communication Studies
Department of Speech

Victoria L. DeFrancisco (Editor)

Marvin D. Jensen (Editor)

Object Description
xiii, 281 p. : ports. ; 23 cm
Citation Information
Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco and Marvin D. Jensen. Women's Voices in our Time : Statements by American Leaders. Prospect Heights, IL(1994)
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