The article is a reconstruction of the capture of speech of some female leaders of movements of people with disabilities in Italy, from the Seventies to today. Following the bourdesian method of La misère du monde, the stories were collected through interviews and faithfully rendered from a double point of view, the one of those receiving the witnesses and feeling the need to understand, and the one of those explaining to themselves and others how things went. A story emerges of small gestures alternating with powerful statements, as well as with failures and defeats.