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    23 Of The Best Speeches That Have Been Delivered By Inspiring Women

    "When you are excellent ... you become an unforgettable woman."

    March is Women's History Month, and there are many areas in life to celebrate outstanding contributions from amazing women.

    One example is speeches — some of the most inspiring talks in history have been spoken by female orators like Sojourner Truth, Oprah Winfrey, and Susan B. Anthony. These 23 speeches delivered by women will inspire you to use your voice and stand in your power.

    1. Oprah Winfrey's Spelman College commencement speech.

    Oprah gives a speech at Spelman College in 2012

    2. Madonna's Billboard Woman of the Year speech.

    Madonna accepts her Woman of the Year Billboard award

    3. Michelle Obama's The City College of New York commencement speech.

    Michelle Obama addresses graduates of The City College of New York in 2016

    4. Priyanka Chopra's Variety Power of Women speech.

    Priyanka Chopra speaks at the Power of Women ceremony put on by Variety in 2017

    5. Gloria Steinem's '70s Women's Liberation Rally speech.

    Gloria Steinem addresses the crowd at a Women's Liberation Rally

    6. Rihanna's Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year speech.

    Rihanna waves to the crowd as she gives a speech at Harvard University

    7. Luvvie Ajayi Jones' TED Talk on getting out of your comfort zone.

    Luvvie Ajayi Jones encourages her audience to get out of their comfort zones at her TED Talk apearance

    8. Jessica Chastain's Screen Actors Guild Award acceptance speech.

    Jessica Chastain accepts her award onstage at the 28th Annual SAG Awards

    9. Emma Watson's HeForShe campaign speech.

    Emma Watson speaks on gender inequality at an event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign

    10. Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize Concert speech.

    Malala Yousafzai speaks onstage at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert about the importance of educating all children

    11. Debbie Sterling's TED Talk on females in engineering.

    Debbie Sterling talks about her journey from earning an engineering degree to create GoldieBlox toys

    12. Sojourner Truth's Women’s Rights Convention speech.

    Sojourner Truth sits in a chair in a portrait from 1870

    13. Maya Angelou's inaugural poem speech.

    Maya Angelou recites "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration

    14. Lisa Nichols' motivational speech.

    Lisa Nichols advises listeners to let their light shine as she speaks onstage in 2018

    15. Deshauna Barber's speech on persistence.

    Deshauna Barber tells graduates to stay determined in the face of adversity

    16. Jennifer Aniston's Variety Power of Women speech.

    Jennifer Aniston talks about her experiences as a partner of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    17. Dolores Huerta's National Farm Workers Association rally speech.

    Dolores Huerta is pictured in 1989

    18. Greta Thunberg's Climate Action Summit speech.

    Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 Climate Action Summit

    19. Larissa Martinez's valedictorian speech.

    Larissa Martinez speaks at her high school graduation as class valedictorian in 2016

    20. Susan B. Anthony's women's right to vote speech.

    An antique photo of Susan B. Anthony

    21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's feminism speech.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie advocates in favor of feminism at TEDxEuston

    22. Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem speech.

    Amanda Gorman recites a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in January 2021

    23. Hillary Clinton's women's rights are human rights speech.

    Hillary Clinton states that women's rights are human rights in Beijing in 1995