I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire.’ – Greta Thunberg, speech to World Economic Forum, 2019
‘Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest.’ – Chimananda Ngozi Adichie, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’, 2013
‘To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the ‘U’turn, I have only one thing to say. ‘You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.’ – Margaret Thatcher, speech to Conservative Party conference, 1980
In recent years women have been raising their voices as never before. Take the women who came forward to tell their stories as part of the #MeToo movement, or Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg, who have become two of the best known activists on the planet. Now Intelligence Squared is staging a celebration of the courageous women who chose to speak out through history – from Boudica to Margaret Thatcher and from Emmeline Pankhurst to gun-control activist Emma Gonzalez. Whether they were waging war or fighting for political and social change, women have for centuries used their voices to challenge perceptions and radically change the course of history.
Join us on March 31st when Labour MP Yvette Cooper will be joined by BBC presenter Razia Iqbal to discuss some of the inspiring women’s speeches that feature in Cooper’s new book She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices. And following on from Intelligence Squared’s acclaimed events on great letters and poetry, we will have a cast of star performers to bring the speeches to life on stage.
Previous actors in Intelligence Squared events include: Tom Hiddleston, Carey Mulligan, Dominic West, Helena Bonham Carter, Harriet Walter, Sam West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jeremy Irons, Zawe Ashton, Simon Russell Beale, Tamsin Greig, Jade Anouka, Timothy West, Fiona Shaw, Simon Callow, Alex MacQueen and Greta Schacchi.
Book Bundles include one ticket plus one copy of Yvette Cooper’s new book She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices, to be collected from the venue on the night of the event.
Remaining speakers to be announced.
Speakers are subject to change.