Book Review: Speaking Out by Tara Moss

“I like good strong words that mean something…” 
– Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


An accessible, timely and practical handbook for women on speaking out safely and confidently from no.1 non-fiction bestseller Tara Moss. 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 more than three 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 to emerge as 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, writing, 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. 

9781460751336 Speaking Out by Tara Moss


Tara Moss is a woman extraordinaire. She is an author, journalist, TV presenter and human rights advocate. In 2014, her first non-fiction book – The Fictional Woman – was published and it was one of my favourite books that year. It was an insightful, passionate and intelligent exploration of what it means to be a woman. Moss detailed the issues faced by the modern woman including power imbalances, inequalities and under-representation. She discussed the politics of motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in the media, advertising, entertainment and politics. In her new book Speaking Out, Moss offers a how-to guide to finding your voice and using it!

We are surrounded by words all day, every day. Words that hold incredible power no matter what form they come in. Speaking Out is a handbook made up of Moss’ hard-won practical advice. She encourages women to find their voice in a male-saturated world; with only one in four voices heard in the public sphere being female, we are severely under-represented!  The digital age has created many exciting ways to speak however it has also provided a space for people to respond and it isn’t always in the most positive of ways. I think we underestimate the longevity of what we write and the impact it can have.

Speaking Out is a valuable tool for females of all ages (and males too) to learn how to use their voice. It has advice for improving writing, mastering public speaking, surviving criticism, dealing with vicarious trauma, creating a safe online space and self-care! The information is current, relevant and important and presented in Moss’ approachable and accessible manner. It is a must read and a valuable resource that should make its way onto every bookshelf!


Here is the link to my review of The Fictional Woman


AUTHOR: Tara Moss

ISBN: 9781460751336

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publishers Australia

RRP: $22.99

PUB DATE: 23 May 2016


Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a reading copy in exchange for an honest review!


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