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Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Are you done with the mansplaining? Have you been interrupted one too many times? Don’t stop talking. Take your voice back.

Women’s voices aren’t being heard—at work, at home, in public, and in every facet of their lives. When they speak up, they’re seen as pushy, loud, and too much. When quiet, they’re dismissed as meek and mild. Everywhere they turn, they’re confronted by
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ebook, 256 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by HarperBusiness
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book starts with a focus on the actual voice and expands out into topics like politics, women in business, Disney films, and so on. It goes all the way up to some discussion of AOC, so very current.

I appreciated practical advice like how to overcome the compulsion to speak in a hushed tone in an open office layout, how to interrupt, and a discussion of whether we should be shushing our female children. It's clear that it is not the actual voices of women that are the problem, but the presen
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Viral
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC at BEA 2019!

I feel weird responding to and critiquing this book, as a cis man. My close friend Saloni had some phenomenal things to say, so in the spirit of this book, I'll first link her review, since I agree with it and will be building on it: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

I completely agree with Saloni, and I would like to add that while I think this book brings up an important problem with strong evidence (that women don't speak up enough and are
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Saloni
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Harper for providing me a free copy of this book at BEA 2019.

I'm honestly conflicted about the message of this book and have a lot of thoughts.

This book does not describe an innovative concept. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of books encouraging and advising women to be more assertive and more outspoken. Where the book becomes interesting is when Veronica focuses on how vocal tonality, pitch, and rhythm affect how someone is perceived, which did not comprise a majority of the
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Kelly Hager
There's something for every woman in here. We've been trained our whole lives to take up the least possible amount of space, to be quiet and let the men speak. This book is about how to change that.

It doesn't mean screaming, of course, but how to change the way we talk (I'm guilty of hedging and uptalk, definitely, and probably a little vocal fry) and how to stop hunching in on ourselves on mass transit (if the guys can sprawl, we can---at the very least---sit up enough to be able to take deep b
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Carissa Moore
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. A great balance of storytelling, data, motivation and practical exercises to examine the female voice.
Meg
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I wholeheartedly recommend Veronica Reuckert's groundbreaking analysis of the myriad ways women are unheard-- seen as "too much" or dismissed as "not enough"-- and, in both cases, silenced. Since reading Outspoken, I've been cognizant of my own patterns in speech and space, in posture and performance and am working to reclaim my voice I loved as a child-- before my library-job cubicle voice, before the shame in "talks too much" elementary school report card comments, before friends made fun of m ...more
Raelene
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, lady-made
I'm confused by this book. I was initially enthralled with the book and was texting quotes to my friends, but then it didn't seem to have any organization to it? I don't know. The book begins with a discussion of your actual physical voice, which was interesting but definitely not groundbreaking. Many good points are brought up and she includes great examples, but they're again, not groundbreaking - though to be fair I have been studying things like this for a long time so it may be groundbreaki ...more
Lilly Amenson
When I picked up this book, I thought it was going to be only about how women need to speak up more in the workplace. I never imagined depths that my sexism went in terms of female voices. Just a few weeks ago, I met a friend of a friend, and later commented on how dumb she sounded. My friend responded by saying she was actually quite smart, and did very well at her place of work. Reading this book made me realize how wrong my comment was. Yes, there are certain voices, often female voices, that ...more
Tina
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more than I did. Good message...really think, though, the author was a bit repetitive with message towards the end...it wasn't holding me and I kept wishing to be done with it.
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