Tara Moss wants to help women make their voices heard.

The statistics paint a pretty grim picture of how women are represented in public life. 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 we’re not hearing from women — if half of humanity’s experiences and perspectives aren’t being heard — it stands to reason that all of us lose out.

Tara Moss is a woman who knows a thing or two about making herself heard. She’s spent 20 years in the public sphere, facing down nerves, critics and backlash, and she’s become pretty adept at speaking out.

Her new book, Speaking Out, is a handbook for women offering advice on preparation, speaking out and negotiating public spaces, with a special focus on public speaking, writing, social media and online safety.

Tara Moss

A guide for women young and old, Moss’ book doesn’t just help women find their voice — it makes a strong case for why they should do so in the first place.

“This book by Tara Moss is so very important,” says Avid Reader’s Krissy Kneen.

“It has been an eye-opening read for me and it has changed my life. If every young man and every young woman was given a copy of this book it would make so many small changes in individual behaviours that we might just be able to begin to tackle a problem that is often invisible to us.”

Moss — a dual Canadian/Australian citizen — is a journalist, an outspoken advocate for children’s rights and women’s rights, and the best-selling author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction. A UNICEF and Our Watch ambassador, she was the recipient of the 2015 Edna Ryan award for making a feminist difference and inciting others to challenge the status quo.

This incredibly talented woman will appear at Avid Reader (193 Boundary Street, West End) this Saturday 4 June at 11am, in conversation with Krissy Kneen, to discuss Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls. Tickets are available now at avidreader.com.au.