Famous Speech Friday: Nancy Astor's "maiden speech" in Parliament

The Eloquent Woman

She dressed in a type of uniform, avoiding fashionable clothing to keep her clothing out of the discussion , something Hillary Clinton would do decades later. As historian Richard Toye notes in The Aftermath of Suffrage: Women, Gender, and Politics in Britain, 1918-1945 , "No biography of an MP would be complete without an account of his or her maiden speech," and this one was a first not just for the speaker, but for the nation.

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Coincidence: Birthday of two very fine men, Stanley Atkinson & Paddy Ashdown

Max Atkinson

If he needed to go into a local town to buy new clothes (or anything else), he had to ask my grandmother to give him some cash. By the time he reached his twenties, his frustrated brain had led him to become actively involved in attending local WEA (Worker's Education Association) lectures and, by the time my older brother and I were born, he'd amassed large numbers of non-fiction paperbacks and biographies and was genuinely self-educated.

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Birthday of two independent men, Stanley Atkinson & Paddy Ashdown

Max Atkinson

If he needed to go into a local town to buy new clothes (or anything else), he had to ask my grandmother to give him some cash. By the time he reached his twenties, his frustrated brain had led him to become actively involved in attending local WEA (Worker's Education Association) lectures and, by the time my older brother and I were born, he'd amassed large numbers of non-fiction paperbacks and biographies and was genuinely self-educated.

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On the death of Margaret Thatcher: notes on the evolution of charismatic woman

Max Atkinson

But some of the advice, such as that provided by Gordon Reece, was directly concerned with image-related matters like hair-styles, clothes, jewellery make-up and even which side of her face was supposed to be best for exposing to the camera. In this connection, her biography shows that, from a very early age, the former Margaret Roberts had far more opportunities than most English girls of her generation to become accustomed with being treated on equal terms with men.

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Famous Speech Friday: Clara Barton's Andersonville testimony

The Eloquent Woman

The American Red Cross biography of its founder takes her speaking as a matter of course: Barton had a talent for words. She had been stripped in the mean time, for they never whip the negro with the clothes on ; she was thrown on her face, and lashed on her back, so that, when her husband found her, he said she was a gore of blood, and she must have been ; she had been untied, and was lying there as she had been left. In May of 1861, the American Civil War was just beginning.

Famous Speech Friday: Aimee Semple McPherson's speech in a speakeasy

The Eloquent Woman

It was summarized in The New Yorker by author John Updike in 2007, writing about a biography of the preacher: In 1927, a month after the charges against her were dismissed in Los Angeles, she arrived in New York in furs and a yellow suit, and was taken to a prime watering spot of the Roaring Twenties, Texas Guinan's speakeasy, on Fifty-fourth Street.