Quotes from Rebecca Solnit, A short history of silence essay from The Mother of All Questions.
“Liberation is always in part a storytelling process:breaking stories, breaking silences, making new stories.
A free person tells her own story
A valued person lives in a society in which her story has a place.
Violence against women is often against our voices and our stories. It is a refusal of our voices, and of what a voice means: the right to self-determination, to participation, to consent or dissent; to live and participate, to interpret and narrate.”
“Having a voice is crucial. It’s not all there is to human rights, but it’s central to them, and so you can consider the history of women’s rights and lack of rights as a history of silence and breaking silence”