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  • The Woman They Could Not Silence

  • One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Kate Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Women
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Summary

Elizabeth Packard was an ordinary Victorian housewife and mother of six. That was, until the first Woman’s Rights Convention was held in 1848, inspiring Elizabeth and many other women to dream of greater freedoms. She began voicing her opinions on politics and religion – opinions that her husband did not share. Incensed and deeply threatened by her growing independence, he had her declared ‘slightly insane’ and committed to an asylum.

Inside the Illinois State Hospital, Elizabeth found many other perfectly lucid women who, like her, had been betrayed by their husbands and incarcerated for daring to have a voice. But just because you are sane, doesn’t mean that you can escape a madhouse....

Fighting the stigma of her gender and her supposed madness, Elizabeth embarked on a ceaseless quest for justice. It not only challenged the medical science of the day and saved untold others from suffering her fate, it ultimately led to a giant leap forward in human rights the world over.

©2021 Kate Moore (P)2021 Blackstone Audio

Critic reviews

"Kate Moore has a rare gift for combining impeccable research and brilliantly mesmerizing storytelling." (Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today best-selling author of The First to Lie and Her Perfect Life)

"I have waited fifty years for this full-length biography of Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard, and Kate Moore's The Woman They Could Not Silence is simply magnificent." (Phyllis Chesler, best-selling author and feminist leader)

"In Moore's expert hands, this beautifully-written tale unspools with drama and power, and puts Elizabeth Packard on the map at the most relevant moment imaginable." (Liza Mundy, New York Times best-selling author of Code Girls)

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Excellent book

I loved this very interesting book. I had never heard of Elizabeth Packard and was amazed to find out about her life and important role she played in reforming the rights of women and asylum patients. Wonderfully narrated by the author, it was a very enjoyable listen

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Couldn't stop listening.

A brilliant book about an amazing woman who dedicated her life fighting for the rights of women. Very informative, extremely well researched and often shocking. I cannot understand how I haven't heard of Elizabeth Packard before. Her name should be up there with those of Emily Pankhurst and Martin Luther King.
I will certainly recommend this book to others.