She Speaks Up! is an anthology of poems submitted by women, from around the world, to the first annual Jessie Butler Poetry Contest, in 2020. The contest celebrates the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, on August 18, 1920. She Speaks Up! has been compiled in honor of Jessie Haver Butler, grandmother of Mila Johansen, who published her suffragist grandmother's autobiography, From Cowgirl to Congress, in April 2020. Johansen also wanted to give voice to contemporary women and acknowledge the issues faced today, and the ongoing struggle for women's rights and equality. A poetry contest seemed an ideal way to do so and this book, She Speaks Up!, is the compelling result. Jessie Butler became an instructor of public speaking, and published the first textbook for women speakers, entitled "Time to Speak Up". This book is a play on that name and carries forth Jessie's legacy, and the continuing need for women to speak up about what is important to them. Our team, here at The Jessie Butler Women’s Poetry Contest, is pleased to present to you the works of the many talented poets who entered our first contest. Each poem is a work of art and carefully crafted to promote women’s voices. We have included a bio for each of the poets to provide readers a glimpse into the experience, diversity, and background of each writer. August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and women accomplishing the monumental task of winning voting rights. She Speaks Up! is offered in celebration of this important event, and in honor of my grandmother, and all of the women who sacrificed to make votes for women reality.These poems are published in tandem with Jessie's autobiography, From Cowgirl to Congress, which details the first hand account of Jessie Butler's time as a suffragette on the front lines of the women’s movement. Jessie escaped a childhood of unthinkable tragedies and dangers on the Colorado prairie to attend Smith College in Massachusetts, which propelled her into the fight for the rights of women. Inspired by meeting Susan B. Anthony at age ten, she later worked side-by-side with Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, and the other brave women banded together for that important era. During her career, Jessie was instrumental in helping to get the first minimum wage for women in the U.S., setting up the Pulitzer School of Journalism, single-handedly exposed the “meat packers” monopoly and was the first woman lobbyist in D.C. Inspirational!Having used her voice for suffrage and liberation, Jessie later taught the art of public speaking to thousands of women in the U.S. and England. She wrote Time to Speak Up, the first public speaking textbook for women. Eleanor Roosevelt supported Jessie in this effort by speaking often at the opening of her lecture series.In the 1970s, Jessie, then in her nineties, shared the podium with Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas, speaking out about the ERA and other issues of the day. She worked and spoke tirelessly until age 94, and her efforts are a major contribution to the fact that you, I, and all women, have the right to vote today. At the same time, Jessie was a mother, wife, and active community member, and her story weaves these threads together to complete her compelling journey—From Cowgirl to Congress. This is an entertaining, timely book that every woman, and man, will want to read—available on Amazon, and can be ordered through your local independent bookstore. More information is available at milajohansen.com.