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Inspiring female voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation.   So Here I Am brings together empowering speeches by women throughout history up to the present day. This is a celebration of women speaking up; within politics, science, human rights, TV and media - discussing everything from free love, anti-war, discoveries, race, gender and women's righ Inspiring female voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation.   So Here I Am brings together empowering speeches by women throughout history up to the present day. This is a celebration of women speaking up; within politics, science, human rights, TV and media - discussing everything from free love, anti-war, discoveries, race, gender and women's rights. With evocative and powerful illustrations from Brazilian artist, Camila Pinheiro, this anthology of great women -  whose own achievements speak for themselves - is timely and important. This shot of inspiration serves as a reminder that despite all adversity, nevertheless, she persisted.  Speakers include:  Sojourner Truth Marie Curie Emmeline Pankhurst Helen Keller Sylvia Rivera J.K. Rowling Manal Al Sharfi Malala Yousafzai Michelle Obama Alicia Garza


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Inspiring female voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation.   So Here I Am brings together empowering speeches by women throughout history up to the present day. This is a celebration of women speaking up; within politics, science, human rights, TV and media - discussing everything from free love, anti-war, discoveries, race, gender and women's righ Inspiring female voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation.   So Here I Am brings together empowering speeches by women throughout history up to the present day. This is a celebration of women speaking up; within politics, science, human rights, TV and media - discussing everything from free love, anti-war, discoveries, race, gender and women's rights. With evocative and powerful illustrations from Brazilian artist, Camila Pinheiro, this anthology of great women -  whose own achievements speak for themselves - is timely and important. This shot of inspiration serves as a reminder that despite all adversity, nevertheless, she persisted.  Speakers include:  Sojourner Truth Marie Curie Emmeline Pankhurst Helen Keller Sylvia Rivera J.K. Rowling Manal Al Sharfi Malala Yousafzai Michelle Obama Alicia Garza

30 review for So Here I Am: Speeches by Great Women to Empower and Inspire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This is an interesting collection of excerpts from the speeches of famous women through history. Each begins with an introduction to the person, putting the speech in context. For me, there was often so much information in the intro that there was little point in reading the speech, however. This will probably be an informative book for early teens, introducing them to important women and events in history in which they were influential, but most adults will already be aware of most of them. Hav This is an interesting collection of excerpts from the speeches of famous women through history. Each begins with an introduction to the person, putting the speech in context. For me, there was often so much information in the intro that there was little point in reading the speech, however. This will probably be an informative book for early teens, introducing them to important women and events in history in which they were influential, but most adults will already be aware of most of them. Having said that, the slight US bias allowed me to meet a few women that I’d never heard of before such as Sojourner Truth and Mary Church Terrell and I suspect I will keep dipping into this book for as long as it’s available to me. With thanks to Quarto/White Lion and NetGalley for a free review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    You cannot avoid being inspired by these collections of influential women, their various campaigns to make a difference and the content of speeches recorded and documented here. That I knew so few of these individuals by name is to my shame and shows why such a book needs to be written. Yet this isn’t a book highlighting great oratory but a desire to find a speech that sums each person up, their struggle and how their words mirrored their deeds and aspirations. Each person in this collection has a You cannot avoid being inspired by these collections of influential women, their various campaigns to make a difference and the content of speeches recorded and documented here. That I knew so few of these individuals by name is to my shame and shows why such a book needs to be written. Yet this isn’t a book highlighting great oratory but a desire to find a speech that sums each person up, their struggle and how their words mirrored their deeds and aspirations. Each person in this collection has a potted history, a tribute to them and we can read part of a famous speech. Adding to this colourful account are some wonderful illustrations which beautifully capture these women. That further women are mentioned is due in part to the research undertaken, the demands on size and the lack of historical recordings of their words. However, the author writes: “The speeches in SO HERE I AM are intended to inspire and empower, and it is my hope that they will leave you wanting much more. Look up some of the women ...... Read their stories, Listen to their speeches on You Tube, Follow them on Twitter, and be energised by the impassioned orators.” A work a great care and dedication. I felt a connection and a sense of pride that for many where silence was demanded these women would not be silent. When roles were defined these women did more and would not be quiet. While the Father of two children, both girls I have never been prouder of their gender as when they have shown independence and freewill. I would encourage them to read these life stories and find their own role models around them. My shame in not knowing of some of these women in this book is only matched by life experience and negative attitude at times, as a working man. This issue is ever present, and this book sets the record straight without preaching or raising a feminine flag. It should appeal to all and in that spirit recommended that all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    4 stars to So here I am for focussing on girl power. While the author/publisher cannot be applauded for the speeches - which are still the most important part of this book - she made a pretty good selection of speeches and added colour to enhance the power of positive thinking. I loved the fact she added a reading and persons list at the end of her book. But please next time: less idealising, less repeating about how charismatic these women were, less paraphrasing the speeches, and more critical 4 stars to So here I am for focussing on girl power. While the author/publisher cannot be applauded for the speeches - which are still the most important part of this book - she made a pretty good selection of speeches and added colour to enhance the power of positive thinking. I loved the fact she added a reading and persons list at the end of her book. But please next time: less idealising, less repeating about how charismatic these women were, less paraphrasing the speeches, and more critical or detailed contextualising. I think girls can handle that. My favourite speeches are from the following ladies: Angelina Grimké (1838), Marie Curie (1911), Virginia Woolf (1931), Naomi Wolf (1992), Sheryl Sandberg (2011), Manal al-Sharif (2012), Malala Yousafzai (2014), Maya Lin (2018)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    GNAB This is a book I will order in hardback and keep by my reading chair. Many of these lectures are just what we need to hear on those days we are feeling useless and ineffectual as wives, mothers, employees - women in general. Anna Russell is a woman who knows what it takes to make you sit up and take stock of the plus side of the menu. She has collected prose from journalists, abolitionists, socialists, political activists, women's rights activists and suffragists dating from as far back in GNAB This is a book I will order in hardback and keep by my reading chair. Many of these lectures are just what we need to hear on those days we are feeling useless and ineffectual as wives, mothers, employees - women in general. Anna Russell is a woman who knows what it takes to make you sit up and take stock of the plus side of the menu. She has collected prose from journalists, abolitionists, socialists, political activists, women's rights activists and suffragists dating from as far back in time as the 1830's that put our battles for equality in perspective and our accomplishments into shining gold font. The illustrations also are heartwarming. Thank you, Ms. Russell! I received a free electronic copy of this collection of lectures and essays on February 2, 2019 from Netgalley, Anna Russell and White Lion Publishing - Quarto Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. pub date Feb 5, 2019 rec Feb 2, 2019 White Lion Publishing

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    More than fifty women who had the courage to speak out are pulled together in this fascinating book. Following a picture of each woman, there is a brief life history attached and then the speech that they are renowned for. Many of these women I had not heard of and found it fascinating to read about their lives and their bravery in speaking out There is a mixed selection including the expected suffragists, women rights and social reformers, as well as the scientists, environmentalists, writers, More than fifty women who had the courage to speak out are pulled together in this fascinating book. Following a picture of each woman, there is a brief life history attached and then the speech that they are renowned for. Many of these women I had not heard of and found it fascinating to read about their lives and their bravery in speaking out There is a mixed selection including the expected suffragists, women rights and social reformers, as well as the scientists, environmentalists, writers, the list goes on. It is an inspirational read. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    So here we are, 2019. We know the suffragettes, we know jokes about 70's feminists burning their bras, and when asked to quote a woman we could probably rattle out "Ain't I a Woman?" even though Sojourner Truth* never said it. Not exactly a great legacy for 150 so years worth of women's activism, right? So Here I Am: Speeches by Great Women to Empower and Inspire by Anna Russell aims to equal the balance. Drawing together some of the defining speeches by notable women of the last two centuries, So here we are, 2019. We know the suffragettes, we know jokes about 70's feminists burning their bras, and when asked to quote a woman we could probably rattle out "Ain't I a Woman?" even though Sojourner Truth* never said it. Not exactly a great legacy for 150 so years worth of women's activism, right? So Here I Am: Speeches by Great Women to Empower and Inspire by Anna Russell aims to equal the balance. Drawing together some of the defining speeches by notable women of the last two centuries, touching on topics from gender equality, to race, LBGT+, civil and human rights, war, and science. There is an obvious comparison to be made with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and I would recommend So Here I Am as a companion for it on your bookshelf. The language is a little denser, so maybe have it on your shelf, not the kids', but it does follow a very similar structure. Each entry includes a short biography of the speaker with some context of their speech, in e-book this was about a page worth, followed by an illustration (done by Camila Pinheiro) and an extracted version of the speech, again about an e-book's page worth of text. Going into it I admit I was worried it might be a little 'white feminism's greatest hits', but Russell's choices for this compilation give a great view of the scope of women's activism, both in terms of diversity and their causes. Yes, there are the 'big names' like Michelle Obama, and J.K. Rowling, but there are also women you may have heard of but not known why they were influential, and others, like Wangari Maathai, that may be entirely new. In particular Victoria Woodull's speech struck me for it's relevancy. Her speech concerned 'free love', for contemporaries that meant that a relationship, particularly marriage, be easily dissolved, that the law should not get in the way of love. Even in that vaguest of summary I assume you can see the echoes of the equal marriage debate ongoing still. The collection also diversifies as it follows a timeline of activism; it might start with Emmeline Pankhurst and Elizabeth I, but it goes on to include women such as Alicia Garza, Asmaa Mahfouz, Wilma Mankiller, and Sylvia Riveria. Further to that, in lieu of an epilogue there is a 'More Women to Inspire', encouraging the reader onto discover more women who fought for their cause but due to book space, or rights issues, didn't get an individual mention. My only grievance is that where the speeches were excerpted, it sometimes felt as though they'd been edited down a bit too much. I know this may be the fault of various estates/licences/etc only allowing so much to be quoted but some of the speeches still felt sapped. A speech is inspiring not for some choice lines that can be easily quoted, or turned into snippets for the news; the power it builds in the body of the speech, the winding up, before delivering a proverbial knock-out punch. I know, I know, most if not all the included speeches can be found in-full online, and that this book is much more something to dip into for inspiration, or as an appetite wetter; but sometimes the cutting was too exacting and a speech seemed like reading the notes prepped for a Women’s Studies written exam. So Here I Am: Speeches by Great Women to Empower and Inspire by Anna Russell is a fantastic compilation of outspoken women, and is a wonderful salve if you've ever rolled your eyes after seeing the same twenty men, and the same twenty speeches listed 'the greatest speeches in history'. Whether you have only just found a cause to champion or are a veteran, whether you want to know more female voices or just want some oratorical badasses on standby to empower you, I would heartily recommend making room on your bookshelf for this. *The speech was transcribed twelve years after the fact, by Frances Gage who wrote Truth as having a southern slave dialect even though she was a lifelong New Yorker. Thankfully the version included in this book is from Truth's friend, Marius Robinson, which better demonstrates Truth's articulation. I received my copy through NetGalley in exchange for a review, all opinions my own etc etc Like my reviews? You can read all of them, and more, over at my blog! Or follow me on Goodreads!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sam Law

    Read More Book Reviews on my blog It's Good To Read Summary: This is a timely book.  It is a book containing over 50 speeches by women, given throughout the centuries, and finally giving a voice to the hidden history of half the human race. It is important to note that the speeches are not virulently anti-male, but a true demand for equality of all in all its forms, for men and women to treat and be treated as equals in every sphere of life. Main Characters: There is such a wide variety of w Read More Book Reviews on my blog It's Good To Read Summary: This is a timely book.  It is a book containing over 50 speeches by women, given throughout the centuries, and finally giving a voice to the hidden history of half the human race. It is important to note that the speeches are not virulently anti-male, but a true demand for equality of all in all its forms, for men and women to treat and be treated as equals in every sphere of life. Main Characters: There is such a wide variety of women featured here, from Queen Elizabeth 1, then jumping through the 1800’s (Fanny Wright, the Grimke sisters, Sojourner Truth), the 1900’s (from the Irish Countess Markievicz to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, to the present day (Michelle Obama, Emma Watson, Maya Lin). There are so many others here, some famous, most not. The point of this book is that these speeches are not front of mind for many people, men or women. Yes, you may recognise some of the names (Marie Curie, Emmaline Pankhurst), but how many people can quote a line of what they said? The book is cleverly put together. Working through the centuries, it gives a thumbnail profile of the woman in question, and the setting of/history behind the occasion of her speech, then cites the important points. In the brief bio, the author does note where the woman in question may have held beliefs that are not looked upon favourably today, but the speech is not on that belief. These women were courageous in their acts, ranging from Fanny Wright in 1823 lecturing on slavery and women’s rights, to Huda Sha’arawi removing her veil in Egypt – in 1923! Each individual act and speech was another layer, upon which subsequent women would  stand and fight for their rights. Black women were, on balance, probably braver, like the illiterate runaway former slave Sojourner Truth, who as a slave had less rights than an animal, and if she had been killed by her master, there probably would have been no consequences. I found this book to have some remarkable and surprising facts, such as that sexual equality, excepting in the right to vote, is currently not protected by the US Constitution, due to the Equal Rights Amendment not having been ratified by at least 38 US states. This is a book that showcases a multi-cultured approach to the fight for rights, and freedom of expression, and all the other qualities we take for granted. It is an important book to make available to everyone, so that all voices can be heard. It is a book I aim to give my daughters, and it is an important information source to help inform discussions. It is necessarily short, in that the full text of all the speeches cannot be reproduced, but I think the aim is to encourage and motivate the reader to do their own research/follow up, and perhaps discover a lot more than the author can provide here. That certainly was my experience. Overall: To paraphrase Emma Watson, this book does not intend to promulgate “man-hating”, but instead aims to frame feminism as a force for equality. It does not deal with, or seem to endorse, provocative sound-bytes such as “toxic masculinity”, and other frankly abhorrent terms, but does demand inclusiveness, understanding and support.  I really liked this book, its presentation, the mix of profile and speech. It made me aware of people I had no idea existed, or like Countess Markievicz of her words that I had never read before. It is a little sad that such a book is still so important today, as true equality has not been achieved globally, even in areas of the world where the dominant religious law actually grants equality (e.g. the Sharia or Islamic law). Acknowledgements: Thanks to Netgalley and the author for sending me a free .pdf of this book, in return for an honest and objective review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    So Here I Am collects a variety of modern women's speeches. each was chosen for its relevance to social freedom and it's ability to inspire. This book shares the stories of a variety of women of different cultures, backgrounds, ethnicity, race and economic background. I loved learned about each women' struggles and their unique perspectives on the world. The best part is the afterwards. The author tells you they only worked in such a time frame and why they chose certain women. But then she add e So Here I Am collects a variety of modern women's speeches. each was chosen for its relevance to social freedom and it's ability to inspire. This book shares the stories of a variety of women of different cultures, backgrounds, ethnicity, race and economic background. I loved learned about each women' struggles and their unique perspectives on the world. The best part is the afterwards. The author tells you they only worked in such a time frame and why they chose certain women. But then she add extra info to lead you to learn more about other women and their histories and stories. I like that it gave me a chance for extra learning on my own as well as acknowledged the short comings of the collection I enjoyed reading the different speeches as well as the biographical information on each woman. At first, the illustrations threw me off, but I soon appreciated for the perspective the images were done in. My biggest issue is that the book edits the speeches leaving things out. I guess the editor didn't think this was necessary information and was trying to keep it short. Honestly, i looked a few up on the internet so i could read the full thing and understand the true words. This is why I would never buy the book; why would i buy something incomplete that I can read on the internet in full for free?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change – within politics, science, human rights and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender and women's rights. I do like the breadth of different voices shown in this book. Bringing new names to my attention and being able to discover more important historical women is so important right now and this book does it we The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change – within politics, science, human rights and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender and women's rights. I do like the breadth of different voices shown in this book. Bringing new names to my attention and being able to discover more important historical women is so important right now and this book does it well. Women such as Maria Stewart, Victoria Woodhull and Sarah Winnemucca are certainly women I want to know more about, as this book explores so many different backgrounds and stories that make for fascinating reads. In combination with these speeches are some incredible portraits. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emmelline Pankhurst and Ursula K. Le Guin in particular stand out as they work so well with the message of these women and just look so good - this would be a great book for anyone to read - but with these pictures, I would definitely use this book in a school talking about famous women in history as I feel these are short and sweet enough for a class. I am also glad there are books at the end recommended for further reading at the end of the book - my tbr just got a lot bigger! (I received an ARC from Netgalley for honest review).

  10. 5 out of 5

    idreamofallthebooks

    I loved everything about this compilation of powerful women and their even greater voices! Russell acknowledges in both the introduction and the ‘More Women to Inspire’ section at the end, that this is by no means ‘the be all and end all’ on inspirational women, but that it is a phenomenal starting point. For me, the reason why I relished in every moment of reading this, is that it provides us with snapshots of such a broad cross-section of women who have contributed to the empowerment of the dise I loved everything about this compilation of powerful women and their even greater voices! Russell acknowledges in both the introduction and the ‘More Women to Inspire’ section at the end, that this is by no means ‘the be all and end all’ on inspirational women, but that it is a phenomenal starting point. For me, the reason why I relished in every moment of reading this, is that it provides us with snapshots of such a broad cross-section of women who have contributed to the empowerment of the disenfranchised, especially women kind. The snippets of speeches presented in this compilation has made me want to read more about some of these women, and to go and read (or watch!) some of their speeches in full! This coffee table-esque book is a must have for any and all ladies (and girls!) in your life who sometimes need a little reminder that their voices are worth so much more than they give themselves credit for. I cannot wait to embed some of these speeches into my Year 10 Protest unit next year! Thank you for @quarto.knows for gifting me a copy as a part of your competition!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annette Jordan

    A collection of rousing speeches from some inspiring women, So Here I Am takes the words of these women and puts them in context in terms of history and politics. It is disturbing how true many of their words still are these days despite the vast societal changes since many of them were spoken aloud. The speeches chosen are diverse in topic, ranging from free love and reproductive rights to environmentalism and conservation , and while most of the speakers date from the last couple of centuries, A collection of rousing speeches from some inspiring women, So Here I Am takes the words of these women and puts them in context in terms of history and politics. It is disturbing how true many of their words still are these days despite the vast societal changes since many of them were spoken aloud. The speeches chosen are diverse in topic, ranging from free love and reproductive rights to environmentalism and conservation , and while most of the speakers date from the last couple of centuries,the book opens with a stirring speech from Queen Elizabeth 1 of England. The women who gave these speeches are of course also diverse, so we hear from politicians and journalists, lawyers and writers from all corners of the globe. By its very nature the book could only include a limited number of women, so I was delighted to find a list of other noteworthy women at the end of the book, with suggestions for further reading. As I previously mentioned the miniature biographies of the women provided much needed context, but I also liked the bold stylized portrait illustrations. If I could point out one flaw, it is that in some cases, in the interest of brevity, only excerpts from the speeches were included, but there is a full list of sources at the end which balances this out somewhat. I read and reviewed a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley and the publisher,all opinions are my own. Maria Stewart 1833 It is not the color of the skin that makes the man or the woman, but the principle formed in the soul Victoria Woodhull 1871 Law cannot change what nature has already determined. Neither will love obey if law command. Law cannot compel two to love. It has nothing to do either with love or it's absence. Love is superior to all law. Indira Gandhi 1980 In the West women's so called freedom is often equated with imitation of man. Frankly I feel that is the exchange of one kind of bondage for another. To be liberated woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Skees

    "Can you think of a speech by a women?" This premise is exactly why this book is a much needed addition to everyone's bookshelf. Anna Russell provides a delightful compilation of women's speeches spanning history and emphasizing the work of women to build upon one another to effect change. I commend the book for succinctly highlighting women whose stories are not widely known and providing compelling excerpts of their speeches. I do wish the book utilized a more critical lens in the bio sections "Can you think of a speech by a women?" This premise is exactly why this book is a much needed addition to everyone's bookshelf. Anna Russell provides a delightful compilation of women's speeches spanning history and emphasizing the work of women to build upon one another to effect change. I commend the book for succinctly highlighting women whose stories are not widely known and providing compelling excerpts of their speeches. I do wish the book utilized a more critical lens in the bio sections of some of the women for a more well-rounded and contextualized understanding of them. For example, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is highlighted for being a suffragist but there is no discussion about her disregard for equality of women of all races. I also need to give a shout-out to Camila Pinheiro for providing gorgeous illustrations that added so a necessity to the experience of reading this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patrycja

    How many speeches by woman can you recall? Probably not too many... This book for sure can widen your knowledge. This is a great book. Absolutely amazing, with stunning illustrations. The idea is wonderful and execution of this project is excellent. This is such a outstanding book for every girl and woman out there. This is book that inspires, and empowers. It shows, that woman can, that woman are smart and strong. Author Anna Russell put together speeches by amazing woman through history. From El How many speeches by woman can you recall? Probably not too many... This book for sure can widen your knowledge. This is a great book. Absolutely amazing, with stunning illustrations. The idea is wonderful and execution of this project is excellent. This is such a outstanding book for every girl and woman out there. This is book that inspires, and empowers. It shows, that woman can, that woman are smart and strong. Author Anna Russell put together speeches by amazing woman through history. From Elizabeth I to Marie Curie, and Michelle Obama, and Emma Watson. Woman from different backgrounds and walk of life. On the pages of this anthology, reader can find a short life history of a woman and the speech she is known for. There is also beautiful illustration accompanying each description. Such an inspiring and empowering read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Reviews

    A powerful beautifully composed book of outstanding speeches by brillant accomplished women. This should be recommend reading in all women's rights forums and classes. This is book to keep referring to for inspiration time and time again . I found it so inspiring . Within this brilliantly done book you will find speeches on subjects such as politics, science, human rights, historical discoveries, race, gender , media and women's rights. A must read for all women. Every parent should give this bo A powerful beautifully composed book of outstanding speeches by brillant accomplished women. This should be recommend reading in all women's rights forums and classes. This is book to keep referring to for inspiration time and time again . I found it so inspiring . Within this brilliantly done book you will find speeches on subjects such as politics, science, human rights, historical discoveries, race, gender , media and women's rights. A must read for all women. Every parent should give this book to their daughters for their empowerment. Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. All women should read this book .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (thatchickwithabook)

    Anna Russell has put together an incredible collection of speeches given by women spanning all the way from 1588 to the present. These are speeches that at any given time have provided hope, empowerment, and pride for women. Plus, it’s beautifully illustrated! Not only do these speeches inspire (one of Russell’s intended goals), but they have opened my eyes to so many powerful women I hadn’t heard of, and allowed me to get to know each of them individually. Getting to read their collective fight Anna Russell has put together an incredible collection of speeches given by women spanning all the way from 1588 to the present. These are speeches that at any given time have provided hope, empowerment, and pride for women. Plus, it’s beautifully illustrated! Not only do these speeches inspire (one of Russell’s intended goals), but they have opened my eyes to so many powerful women I hadn’t heard of, and allowed me to get to know each of them individually. Getting to read their collective fight for equality of the sexes in the form of famous speeches they gave has been such a joy and so empowering. A must-read for females AND males alike.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    For anyone who likes to learn about women through history, to discover women who may have helped the women's rights movement, or inspired generations, this is a great read! It introduces the women and then you can read the excerpt from their speeches, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Michelle Obama. I felt the book was slightly tainted by the addition of certain speeches - but especially the one by Margaret Thatcher, which, to my understanding, had nothing feminist about it. *This book was given to me b For anyone who likes to learn about women through history, to discover women who may have helped the women's rights movement, or inspired generations, this is a great read! It introduces the women and then you can read the excerpt from their speeches, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Michelle Obama. I felt the book was slightly tainted by the addition of certain speeches - but especially the one by Margaret Thatcher, which, to my understanding, had nothing feminist about it. *This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – all opinions are my own.*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anabelle

    2,5/5 stars An inspiring invitation for women to speak up. However, it could have been more diverse (especially when it comes to member of the LGBTQIA+ community talking about their experience). It definitely tried but there was still room for improvement. The majority of women were white (about 60%). Most of the speech were also originally perform in the english langage. Also, I thought some speeches were overly edited which made it hard to fully appreciate them. Sometimes, I felt like some of 2,5/5 stars An inspiring invitation for women to speak up. However, it could have been more diverse (especially when it comes to member of the LGBTQIA+ community talking about their experience). It definitely tried but there was still room for improvement. The majority of women were white (about 60%). Most of the speech were also originally perform in the english langage. Also, I thought some speeches were overly edited which made it hard to fully appreciate them. Sometimes, I felt like some of the more specific aspect of a women experience were cut and only the more "relatable" aspect were kept forward. The illustrations were beautiful though.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    While I liked So Here I Am, I didn't love it. I think what would've pushed me over the edge would have been longer excerpts since sometimes it felt like just as I was really getting into a speech, it ended! This does say something about the enduring quality of speeches that were included in the volume: most were inspiring, and many left me wanting more. I'd definitely recommend it as an introduction and encourage exploration on one's own after reading. I received a digital ARC from the publisher While I liked So Here I Am, I didn't love it. I think what would've pushed me over the edge would have been longer excerpts since sometimes it felt like just as I was really getting into a speech, it ended! This does say something about the enduring quality of speeches that were included in the volume: most were inspiring, and many left me wanting more. I'd definitely recommend it as an introduction and encourage exploration on one's own after reading. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This is a book that all women should own, as it is a perfect pick me up when you are doubting yourself. I have read several of the speeches more than once and keep this handy for those moments when I need some inspiration. The women that wrote these speeches are exceptional.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    An excellent gathering of inspirational feminist speeches worthy of being read by all. Though I musT agree with many other reviewers, some speeches were difficult to read simply for the fact that they read as edited and tidied-up for the page.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Inspiring and beautiful book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amber Sherlock

    A fantastic compilation of speeches from women around the world- it's 'Rebel Girls' for adults, with gorgeous illustrations and inspiring messages. A fantastic compilation of speeches from women around the world- it's 'Rebel Girls' for adults, with gorgeous illustrations and inspiring messages.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Gines

    Beautiful illustrations and interesting speeches of women through history. I didn’t know some of them and reading about their speeches moved me to do my own research and expand my knowledge.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashwini Abhyankar

    An absolutely amazing book filled with speeches from brilliant women. It's not often that we get to read such a brilliant collection of speeches. The illustrations are amazing and the overall effect is simple yet leaves such an impact on the reader. A book everyone should read to be more aware of things that people so easily dismiss or not take into consideration. No woman from this collection is perfect but she was powerful and her imperfections make us more aware of her as a human being, as so An absolutely amazing book filled with speeches from brilliant women. It's not often that we get to read such a brilliant collection of speeches. The illustrations are amazing and the overall effect is simple yet leaves such an impact on the reader. A book everyone should read to be more aware of things that people so easily dismiss or not take into consideration. No woman from this collection is perfect but she was powerful and her imperfections make us more aware of her as a human being, as someone who is at once powerful and painfully human. If you can (and you really should) then give this one a chance because if nothing else, you get to read about great women in the history of mankind.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie Feliz

    Great collection!! I was so inspired after reading this. This book is a collection of wonderful speeches from amazing and powerful women throughout history. Each speech is then followed by a picture and it also includes a brief background on the events that triggered the speech or movement. Although I did not know who many of these women were, it was very interesting and eye-opening to read about them all, especially to see how women are so underrepresented in what we know today, in our history. Great collection!! I was so inspired after reading this. This book is a collection of wonderful speeches from amazing and powerful women throughout history. Each speech is then followed by a picture and it also includes a brief background on the events that triggered the speech or movement. Although I did not know who many of these women were, it was very interesting and eye-opening to read about them all, especially to see how women are so underrepresented in what we know today, in our history. I love that the collection includes a little background on each of the women and the time they were living when the speeches took place. I loved the speeches too, but I really need the history to understand where each of them was coming from. The author did a great job on simplifying the information and summarizing the accomplishments of these women. Choosing speeches over simply discussing the achievements was a very smart move. The author truly exceeded my expectations; this book is not only informative, but inspiring. It is not only a great way to learn about the women that forged our path, but it is also very encouraging and uplifting for the many young women fighting for equality today. It’s the kind of history we need to know and understand in order to build a better future. I also loved that she added a list of suggested books to read if you want to read more about inspiring women. A must read! Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This is a wonderful collection of speeches by more than fifty women in history, Elizabeth I., Marie Curie, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and lots more. It would make a perfect gift and is certainly going to find its way onto my coffee table to browse and read from time to time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    What a lovely little book. I have always found history and speeches fascinating, so combined this book made a great read. The compilation of speeches and the commentary on the women who gave them is diverse and represents a variety of perspectives. This book will leave you feeling inspired! Bonus that the illustrations are gorgeous!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Thank you to Netgalley, Anna Russell and Quarto Publishing Group - White Lion Publishing for the ARC! So this one….Let me start by saying that I was in need of some true female empowerment when I found this book and I definitely found it! Lately I’ve needed to find inspiration again in the world, in myself to seek it out and prove that it still exists within me. The world is a tough place and this life is not an easy one to navigate, but there are voices so loud time does not stifle them, voices Thank you to Netgalley, Anna Russell and Quarto Publishing Group - White Lion Publishing for the ARC! So this one….Let me start by saying that I was in need of some true female empowerment when I found this book and I definitely found it! Lately I’ve needed to find inspiration again in the world, in myself to seek it out and prove that it still exists within me. The world is a tough place and this life is not an easy one to navigate, but there are voices so loud time does not stifle them, voices we must listen to in order to find our way again. This is a quick read with colorful, beautiful illustrations of some of world’s most influential women! It’s a must-read, for sure! Which speeches inspired you?

  29. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    This book is a wonderful resource for anyone (and it should be just about all of us) who cares about women's voices and what women have to say. It was masterfully put together by Anna Russell and includes speeches (although often not the full speech) by women beginning with Elizabeth the First and going historically up through Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher among others. Below are the names of just some of the women in this book; the range is enormous and you will find words of those you This book is a wonderful resource for anyone (and it should be just about all of us) who cares about women's voices and what women have to say. It was masterfully put together by Anna Russell and includes speeches (although often not the full speech) by women beginning with Elizabeth the First and going historically up through Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher among others. Below are the names of just some of the women in this book; the range is enormous and you will find words of those you know and those whom you are hearing for the first time. Sojourner Truth, Sarah Winnemucca, Ida B. Wells, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emma Goldman, Nancy Astor, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Sanger, Marie Curie, Helen Keller, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Eva Peron, Helen Keller, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Namomi Wolf, Wilma Mankiller, J.K. Rowling, Julia Gillard, Michelle Obama and Maya Lin. The book opens with an excellent introduction which talks about the author's process in finding and selecting the entries. Along the way, she gives the reader an understanding of the importance of women's written words. Each entry features biographical information, the speech, a full page quote and biographical illustrations of the orators. This book can be read in any order. It is a wonderful resource and would make an excellent addition to any young to older woman's bookshelf...to say nothing of men and boys' shelves too. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto publishing for this excellent read. It is is not often that I go on to buy a book that I have been able to review as a galley but this time I will. I want to be able to spend more time with this formidable collection of women's wisdom.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Brown

    So Here I Am by Anna Russell is a roundup of over 50 famous speeches given by women, beginning with Queen Elizabeth I’s rousing proclamation to her armies in the face on the approaching Spanish Armada in 1588 and coming right up-to-date with Maya Lin’s 2018 SVA Commencement Address. There are some speeches you may be familiar with such as Emma Watson’s #HeForShe Campaign launch at the United Nations, and Michelle Obama’s speech to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and many more you may we So Here I Am by Anna Russell is a roundup of over 50 famous speeches given by women, beginning with Queen Elizabeth I’s rousing proclamation to her armies in the face on the approaching Spanish Armada in 1588 and coming right up-to-date with Maya Lin’s 2018 SVA Commencement Address. There are some speeches you may be familiar with such as Emma Watson’s #HeForShe Campaign launch at the United Nations, and Michelle Obama’s speech to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and many more you may well be unaware of like Angela Merkel’s 2009 speech to the US Congress or Victoria Woodhall’s 1871 speech on the Principals of Social Freedom. Each entry in this book is accompanied by a short biography of the woman who gave the speech and original artwork by Camila Pinheiro. These biographies help to place the speeches in the context of their time and give the history of why they came to be made and recorded into the history books. My one disappointment with the book is that the speeches are not given in their entirety and are only printed as short extracts that frequently take up only half a page each. While printing the speeches in full would, naturally, have meant either an unwieldy large book or fewer entries, I would have much preferred to have read them completely in multiple volumes than only being shown a snippet of what these women had to say. This book is proof that despite the odds, women have never been afraid to speak out.

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