Review: The Woman They Could Not Silence

I, though a woman, have just as good a right to my opinion, as my husband has to his.

Elizabeth Packard

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


As I read the true story of Elizabeth Packard, I was skeptical, thinking that Moore had embellished and exaggerated. It could not have been that horrific in the asylum and surely husbands did not lock up their wives on trumped up accusations of insanity; however, a little bit of research (thank you google) showed me that Moore’s narrative is historically accurate. Moore’s evocative and provocative writing pulls the reader into Packard’s mind and daily life. At times, I felt sad, horrified, and angry because of the treatment of women and others deemed to be weak and lesser-than. At other times, I was uplifted by the spirit of Packard and other courageous women locked in the hospital. I found myself talking to Elizabeth, encouraging her to persevere. I came away from the book with the belief that every woman (and every man) should read The Woman They Could Not Silence.



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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

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