7 Inspirational TED Talks By Women Everyone Should Watch
In honor of International Women’s Day here’s a collection of TED Talks from female speakers that will inspire, provoke, and encourage you long after you’ve watched them.
Find your voice against violence - Meera Vijayann
Journalist, Meera Vijayann discusses what it’s really like to be a young woman in India. Following the tragic Delhi rape-and-murder, Vijayann expressed her anger, frustration, and overall feeling of helplessness in response to the situation. She felt compelled to use digital media as a voice for the millions of women who are forced to endure sexual violence. As Vijayann shares the chilling personal stories of abuse she’s experienced, she also touches on the importance of speaking about gender violence as a way to spark change for vulnerable young women in her country.
Why we have too few women leaders - Sheryl Sandberg
As Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg knows a thing or two about being a woman and the boss. In her fierce talk, she questions why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their profession. In her talk, Sandberg offers three powerful pieces of advice to women and girls who are aiming their gaze at a top spot in the Fortune 500.
Unlock the intelligence, passion and greatness of girls - Leymah Gbowee
Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee offers a motivational speech as she shares powerful stories about the untapped potential of incredible women she’s met throughout her life. She poses the idea that we can change the world simply by giving the ‘second sex’ an equal opportunity.
The power of introverts - Susan Cain
Susan Cain presents an insightful examination into the world of introverts. She says the world needs introverts in leadership positions to prosper and argues that we are living through a belief system that rewards extroverts. Cain breaks down why introverts like Eleanor Roosevelt and Gandhi brought extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and why we should be encouraging and celebrating the next generation of quietly confident children.
Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model - Cameron Russell
Victoria Secret’s model, Cameron Russell comments on why we should be more aware of the way looks are constructed, rewarded, and penalized in our society. She criticizes and opens up about the how modeling industry operates, and why we shouldn’t taking looking perfect too serious.
Your elusive creative genius - Elizabeth Gilbert
Author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert gives advice to the creative artist within us all. She states that unlocking your inner genius is easy when you relieve the pressure off yourself. Worrying about failure can lead creative people into a cycle of anxiety and depression; however, all we have to do to be successful is to create without the fear of judgment.
Why we should all be feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In her groundbreaking talk, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uncovers the modern definition of feminism for the 21st century. Using her own experiences, Adichie explains what it means to be a woman now, and why every person should identify as a feminist.