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Former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz talks to graduates about failure--and why they should embrace it--in this plainspoken commencement speech. Our Famous Speech Friday post on The Eloquent Woman blog--with lessons you can learn from this speech.

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From The Eloquent Woman Index: 8 famous commencement speeches by women

During her time as First Lady, Hillary Clinton's UN speech, "women's rights are human rights," was a game-changer--delivered in China, where human rights violations persist today. From The Eloquent Woman blog's "Famous Speech Friday" series.

The Eloquent Woman: 2013's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts on The Eloquent Woman

Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton's statement on 9/11 killing of Americans in Libya. Click through for video and tips on what you can learn from this famous speech.

Lady Gaga's speech at Rome Europride 2011 was surprisingly formal for her in some ways. An amazing speech with her signature huge audiences. Part of The Eloquent Woman's "Famous Speech Friday" series.

The Eloquent Woman: Famous Speech Friday: Maria Shriver on "The Power of the Pause" -- a commencement speech that's a good reminder for all of us.

Pulitzer-winning playwright and public school teacher Margaret Edson gave this astonishing commencement speech at Smith College in 2008--entirely without notes. Part of The Eloquent Woman blog's "Famous Speech Friday" series. Watch video at the link!

Washington State Rep. Maureen Walsh went viral last week with a floor speech as the legislature considered a bill making gay marriage legal. This is a heartfelt, no-script speech that's moving and effective. Find out what you can learn from it by clicking through to The Eloquent Woman's Famous Speech Friday post.

I don't know many speakers who can handle 8 minutes extemporaneously, this well. But Kayla Kearney did that before her high school assembly--and used the speech to come out as a lesbian. Part of The Eloquent Woman's "Famous Speech Friday" series.