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Speaking Out  : A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls - Tara Moss

Speaking Out

A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls

By: Tara Moss

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Published: 1st June 2016
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Worldwide, less than one out of every four people we hear from or about in the media is female and men outnumber women in parliament by four to one. If half of humanity's experiences, perspectives and possible solutions to world problems are under-represented, or entirely unheard, all of us lose out.

Tara Moss has spent 20 years in the public sphere and has had to face down nerves, critics and backlash. She has become a leader in speaking out. In this handbook she offers advice on preparation, speaking out and negotiating public spaces. With a special focus on public speaking, social media and online safety, she offers tips on how to research, form arguments, find support and handle criticism.

This is a guide for women young and old that not only helps them find their voice, but argues passionately for why it matters.

Review by Caroline Baum

Since she wrote her frank and powerful memoir, The Fictional Woman, Tara Moss has become an outspoken writer and activist. Always a feminist, she is now an ambassador for UNICEF, a campaigner for asylum seekers and many other causes and has learned how thick a skin you need to develop if you are going to step up into the increasingly shrill and combative public arena where women's voices are often interrupted and silenced. With her always calmly delivered views have come trolls and haters, as well as fans and followers.

Speaking Out is the sister book to The Fictional Woman, the next step in the evolution of Moss as one of our most intriguing and accomplished media personalities. Here she shares the wisdom - and some of the wobbly moments - she has accumulated since her very successful book tour with her previous bestselling title, encouraging her female readers to find their voice and use it. This book has the practicality of a how-to combined with a friendly tone that makes it user-friendly.

Along the way are tips about presentation, research, how to face down critics, deal with social media hostility and vicarious trauma. Few people will gain access to the kind of exposure that Moss generates, but no matter where or when we want to defend a right, at a community meeting, a march, a rally or any other situation which requires eloquence, courage, indignation or a desire for change, there are valuable tools and skills to be learned here from one of the best in the business.

(PS: a good companion to this might be Shrill, a memoir by US columnist Lindy West which looks at various unsavoury aspects of social media and pop culture from the perspective of a feminist performer who uses comedy with serious intent)


Media savvy advice for women of all ages.


A timely and extremely helpful book for women...those who are using social media, and those who are a voice in the public arena will find this an excellent primer.

Victoria. Au.



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Praise for The Fictional Woman

'This book, part memoir, part manifesto, catapults [Tara] into the frontline as a public commentator who demands serious attention.' Caroline Baum

'A nimbly argued, statistic-laden exploration of the various labels we give women and the impact this has on their lives.' Catherine Keenan, ABC, The Drum

'Hits its mark with sharp-shooting precision . . . Moss' skill is in marshalling the evidence and communicating it in a way that is accessible, warm, open, lucid and passionate . . . Moss is a serious thinker.' Dr Clare Wright, The Age

'A remarkable book - the kind that rewires your brain and its preconceptions in the best way possible. Intelligent, riveting and invigorating.' Benjamin Law, Australian journalist and author

'This is a book which needs to be read by men and women. Well written, clearly argued, informative, powerful and thought provoking. Forget everything you thought you knew about Tara Moss, with The Fictional Woman, Tara sets the record straight and takes her place as one of our generations great commentators.' John Purcell, Booktopia

'The most insightful book about women since The Feminine Mystique.' Eve Mahlab, AO

'This book will rejuvenate the feminist in you and make you proud to be one.' Professor Hannah Dahlen, Midwifery Matters

'The Fictional Woman . . . hits sits mark with sharp-shooting precision.' Clare Wright, Sydney Morning Herald

'It is Moss's relation of her own experiences - common to many women - merged with the clearly communicated research that makes this book accessible.' Newtown Review of Books

'The Fictional Woman is a 21st century must-read for all women and their men . . . ' Taranaki Daily, NZ

Tara Moss

Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV presenter and human rights advocate. Since 1999 she has written 10 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English series. Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman, was published in 2014 and became a number one national non-fiction bestseller, and her iconic cover design, featuring her face labeled with ‘fictions’ or stereotypes about women won Best Non-Fiction Book Design at the Australia Book Design Awards in 2015 with HarperCollins Publishers. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy.

Her non-fiction writing has appeared in The Australian Literary Review, Vogue, ELLE, The Australian Women's Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, among other publications.

Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and as of 2013 is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, and has visited Australian hospitals, maternity wards and schools as well as Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon in her UNICEF role. Moss has spoken at numerous schools on cyberbullying and online child safety, and in July 2015 was announced as the new Norton Family Ambassador on these issues. In 2015 she was also announced as Patron of the Full Stop Foundation for Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, and launched the foundation at Parliament House. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminist debate, speaking out for women and children and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.

Her in-depth novel research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G’s doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. She has hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, Tara Moss Investigates on the National Geographic Channel and the author interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. In 2014 she was recognised for Outstanding Advocacy for her blog Manus Island: An insider’s report, which helped to break information to the public about the events surrounding the alleged murder of Reza Barati inside the Australian-run Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre.

(*Moss's novels have so far been published in the USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.)

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ISBN: 9781460751336
ISBN-10: 1460751337
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd May 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.4