International Women’s Day 2020: 10 Female-Led TED Talks Everyone Should Watch
International Women’s Day falls annually on 8 March - and though we feel that just one day isn’t quite enough to celebrate the countless inspiring women out there - we’re using the occasion to champion just a few powerhouse ladies and sing their praises. From how to be a female in business, to tackling difficult decisions, overcoming adversity and more, here we list just 10 female-led TED Talks not to miss, though you can find plenty more here.
1/10 Ruth Chang: How To Make Hard Choices
In “How To Make Hard Choices”, philosopher Ruth Chang offers a powerful new framework to help us to rethink how we make decisions. From how to tackle career changes to relationships, this talk could literally change your life.
2/10 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should All Be Feminists
In her now famous talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of the first time she heard the word “feminist”, and what that meant to her. In “We Should All Be Feminists”, Adichie discusses how she has had to unlearn many of the lessons on gender that she was taught growing up; covering everything from how our appearances matter and how to be taken seriously, to learning how to be confident, to be ourselves and to never apologise for our femininity.
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3/10 Lizzie Velasquez: How Do You Define Yourself?
We all know how hard is it to not take negative comments to heart, but Lizzie Velasquez is a true example of how to turn lemons into lemonade and turn adversity into positivity. In this heart-warming talk, she shares the tools she learned to help people reject hateful perspectives, while embracing self-definition, saying “Tell me those negative things, [and] I’m gonna turn them around and use them as a ladder to climb up to my goals.”
4/10 Luvvie Ajayi: Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Labelling herself a “professional troublemaker”, Ajayi speaks of how we must “leave this world better than we found it”, and how we can use our voices to cause an initial domino effect and make a change. Calling on the masses to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable, this talk speaks to those who have ever let fear hold them back.
5/10 Susan Colantuono: The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get
Whether you’re a man or a women, Susan Colantuono’s talk is a must-watch. Sharing a simple and surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly, this talk offers universal takeaways for all.
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6/10 Mel Robins: How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over
We all like to live in our comfort zones, but as Mel Robins explains, sometimes “turning off our brain’s autopilot” is exactly what we need to succeed. Viewed 21 million times, this humorous talk conveys the effort that is required by all to shake up your life and make your own changes.
7/10 Musimbi Kanyoro: To Solve The World’s Biggest Problems, Invest In Women And Girls
As CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyoro has made it her lives work to support women and their ideas. Introducing the concept of a “isirika” – a Maragoli word that epitomises a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility of caring for one another – she calls for those who have more to give more to people working to improve their communities.
8/10 Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts
One to listen to whether you class yourself an introvert or not, in her passionate talk, Susan Cain’s argues that introverts not only bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, but should be encouraged and celebrated. Viewed over 25 million times, it can teach us all a little about how to turn the antisocial stereotype into something far more positive.
9/10 Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
Another great TED talk to listen have on your list, like Susan Cain, Brené Brown helps us to rethink our “flaws”. In “The Power of Vulnerability”, she explains why vulnerability is something we should embrace, not fear, as it will give us a richer understanding of ourselves and those around us.
10/10 Casey Brown: Know Your Worth, Then Ask For It
We all know that the gender pay gap is very much a real thing, and in this talk Brown discusses how defining and communicating your value in business is key – for both males and females – to get what you’re worth.
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