He is willing to speak up for the rights of women.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: speak, talkWhen one person is saying things, you can use talk or speak, but talk is more usual and speakslightly literary• She talked about her job. • He spoke longingly of his home country. • Don't interrupt me when I'm talking/speaking.If people are having a conversation, always use talk• We talked about our relationship. • They talked for hours. If you say that two people are not speaking, you mean they are not willing to talk to each other• They've had a row and they're not speaking.Someone who can talkhas learned to use language• She could talk before she was two.If you can speak, you are able to say something on a particular occasion• I was too scared to speak.!! When you mention what language someone uses, always use speak• She speaks (=knows how to use) French and Spanish.• We spoke in German at first, then English.!! When you ask for someone on the telephone, use speak• Can I speak to Clare?!! You can speak words. Do not use talk• I spoke the words as clearly as I could.!! You can talk senseortalk nonsense. Do not use speak• I think she talks a lot of sense.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.