10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch

 

Completing 35 years in 2019, Ted talks is a worldwide known Conference by having “ideas worth spreading” as its slogan says. The Conference always brings amazing speeches about several topics, and when the subject includes Women,  We can expect impactful lectures performed by strong female leads that give us motivation and inspiration to take over any obstacle.

On this post, we brought 10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch.

1. The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies are all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

2.  Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments, a value-driven money management firm, and an advocate for financial literacy and investor education.


The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

3. His and hers ... healthcare | Dr. Paula Johnson

Dr. Paula Johnson is a pioneer in looking at health from a woman’s perspective.

 Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight -- and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.

4. Find your voice against gender violence | Meera Vijayann

By using citizen journalism platforms, Meera Vijayann explores creative ways that young women can participate in politics and community matters.

This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India — and calls on others to speak out too.

5. Can we all "have it all"? | Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter has exploded the conversation around women’s work-life balance.

Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.

6. Why we have too few women leaders | Sheryl Sandberg

As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged.

 Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

7. Don't kill your language | Suzanne Talhouk

Suzanne Talhouk is an advocate for the Arabic language as a tool of power, pride and unity.

More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But -- what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can. In Arabic with subtitles.

8. The opportunity of adversity | Aimee Mullins

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.

The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.

9. A headset that reads your brainwaves | Tan Le

Tan Le is the founder & CEO of Emotiv, a bioinformatics company that's working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG).

 

Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.

10. How to protect the oceans | Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than four decades. The winner of the 2009 TED Prize, she's a tireless advocate for our oceans.

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

 

That’s a wrap! TED Talks is definitely a great source of knowledge and inspiration, we hope you learned a lot like us with all these amazing speeches and stories shared by these incredible women. If you know more Talks to join this list leave it in the comments below, share your thoughts, and spread these messages with your friends!

 


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