Charlotte Street Partners

Thursday 13 May 2021

15:00 - 16:00

We are pleased to share with you the next instalment in our current series of events,

Looking at lists of the greatest speeches of all time, you’d be forgiven for thinking that powerful oratory is a man’s game: Churchill, Obama, Lincoln… You get the jist.

But the truth is very different. From Boudica to Greta Thunberg and Margaret Thatcher to Malala, female oratory has inspired change, transformed lives and altered the course of history. On Covid and climate change, female voices have led and others listened.
So to explore her book on the topic – She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voiceswe are delighted to invite you to a discussion in conversation with Yvette Cooper next Thursday 13th May 2021 at 3pm.

The discussion will take place under the Chatham House Rule and we ask that you RSVP using the button above. Speaking with Yvette will be Catherine MacLeod, consulting partner, who will pose some short introductory questions before chairing the audience Q&A. We expect to have finished proceedings by 4pm.


Yvette is the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley. She served as a Minister and then Cabinet Minister in the 1997-2000 Labour Government, including as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. She was the first ever Government Minister to take maternity leave and has campaigned on issues from child poverty and economic regeneration to online abuse and child refugees. Since 2016 she has been Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Yvette’s first book She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices – an inspirational selection of exceptional speeches – was published in 2019, followed by the revised edition She Speaks: Women’s Speeches That Changed the World, from Pankhurst to Thunberg in 2020.

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