Watch lights fade in every room: Cautions about commencement speeches

The Eloquent Woman

I've never given a commencement speech, but as a college senior, I judged the entries from fellow students who wanted to speak, along with a committee of faculty. Commencement speeches are fraught with all sorts of perils like this one.

19 famous humorous speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Fortunately, these 19 women ignored that myth and forged ahead with these famous and funny speeches we've collected in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. But for now, enjoy some laughs courtesy of these famous speeches. Bella Abzug's parody of an American Express ad was used to deliver a serious message about the time when women couldn't have their own credit cards, an issue she fought as a Member of Congress.

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The Eloquent Woman Index hits 200 famous speeches by women!

The Eloquent Woman

It took four years, a lot of video-watching, and devoted searching for transcripts and texts, but I can now report that The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women includes 200 speeches. I decided to start featuring women's speeches when speakers, coaches, and speechwriters started to ask me for examples--because they said they couldn't find them. "Do Do you have any famous speeches by women more recent than Eleanor Roosevelt?" famous speeches

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