The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore, Read by the Author
A Stunning Biography of Advocate Elizabeth Packard
Kate Moore delivers her compelling biography of Elizabeth Packard, an advocate for the rights of women and patients unjustly committed to insane asylums, titled The Woman They Could Not Silence. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss how Elizabeth’s vindictive husband had her forcefully committed because he feared her intelligence, opposed her defense of women’s rights, and loathed her deviation from his religious beliefs. Elizabeth encountered many other sane women committed by men who found them troublesome, and she documented the asylum’s disgusting conditions and the staff’s brutal treatment of inmates. Moore’s performance shines a light on Packard, who never stopped fighting against gender-based prejudice.
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