6 famous extemporaneous speeches by women from The Eloquent Woman Index

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Most people have at least a little case of the nerves when it comes to public speaking, so it can seem doubly impressive to watch a person speaking without notes , off-the-cuff, extemporaneously. Extemporaneous speaking can also serve as a signal that the barriers between an audience and speaker have been lowered, as in this eloquent commencement address by teacher and author Margaret Edson. Do these famous speeches inspire you to be a little more extemporaneous in your next talk?

11 famous speeches by women about work from The Eloquent Woman Index

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Mother Jones''s speech to West Virginia miners was a typical-for-her hell-raising speech--and the only reason we have the text is because the mine owners hired a stenographer, hoping to gather evidence that she was violent and dangerous. This talk is extemporaneous, a real tour de force. Women''s work is never done, they say--making it a natural topic when women give speeches.

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A #WomensHistoryMonth sampler of 28 famous speeches by women

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1912: Mother Jones speaks to striking West Virginia miners in her trademark "hell-raiser" style, giving voice to their working conditions. 1928: Virginia Woolf''s "A Room of One''s Own" lectures took the time to parse why we have so few women writers, let alone speakers. 1963: Julia Child''s "The French Chef" cooking demos took television by storm, giving a woman an unusual platform for extemporaneous speaking-while-demonstrating.

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32 historic women's speeches to close #WomensHistoryMonth

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1912: Mother Jones speaks to striking West Virginia miners in her trademark "hell-raiser" style, giving voice to their working conditions. 1928: Virginia Woolf''s "A Room of One''s Own" lectures took the time to parse why we have so few women writers, let alone speakers. 1963: Julia Child''s "The French Chef" cooking demos took television by storm, giving a woman an unusual platform for extemporaneous speaking-while-demonstrating.

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39 famous speeches by women to open #WomensHistoryMonth

The Eloquent Woman

1912: Mother Jones speaks to striking West Virginia miners in her trademark "hell-raiser" style, giving voice to their working conditions. 1928: Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own" lectures took the time to parse why we have so few women writers, let alone speakers. 1963: Julia Child's "The French Chef" cooking demos took television by storm, giving a woman an unusual platform for extemporaneous speaking-while-demonstrating.

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The Lady Vanishes: My International Speechwriters Conference keynote

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My speaking style is to work extemporaneously and from notes on occasion, so I can bring you most of what I said at the International Speechwriters Conference, although this is by no means a transcript. It was clear she worked with a prepared text, but took advantage of some wonderful extemporaneous moments, too. She’s a fantastic extemporaneous speaker—she says even attempting to write down remarks makes hermore nervous.