5 Girl Power TED Talks You Need RN
Let's be real, 2017 is the year of the woman. From the Women's Marches to Wonder Woman smashing it in the box-office, women are demanding to be heard - and we're all about it. To keep the girl power sentiments flowing, we compiled a list of 5 of our favorite TED Talks about just how important female empowerment is to not only women, but society as a whole.
Sandi is a broadcast personality, politician, and author who started a political party in Britain called The Women's Equality Party (because there's no time to sugar-coat it anymore). In her hilarious talk, Toksvig tells her story of what activated her to start a national movement in the hopes of inspiring other nations to do the same.
“Can you imagine if we could mobilize millions of women across the world to say that’s enough to the traditional battles of politics, to say stop the bickering, let’s get the work done. We could literally change the world.”
Reshma Saujani is an education activist who founded the nonprofit Girls Who Code to encourage young women to enter the tech world. In her impassioned talk, Saujani discusses the difference in how society raises boys to be brave and girls to be perfect, and how that impacts the way women perceive themselves in the personal and professional lives.
“For the American economy, for any economy to grow, to truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half our population. We have to socialize our girls to be comfortable with imperfection, and we've got to do it now.”
Michael Kimmel is a sociologist, author, and leading researcher on men and masculinity. In his hilarious talk, Kimmel discusses the concept of privilege and gender, and how to engage men in gender equality. Using research and data, Kimmel demonstrates that gender equality is not only in the best interest of women, but also men, families, and society as a whole.
"What we found is something really important, that gender equality is in the interest of countries, of companies, and of men, and their children and their partners, that gender equality is not a zero-sum game. It's not a win-lose. It is a win-win for everyone."
Halla Tómasdóttir is an Icelandic entrepreneur and change catalyst who believes that the best way to incite change is from the inside. After founding the first investment company based on "feminist values," her company, Audur Capital, was one of the few financial companies to survive the crash in Iceland. Given her experience, Tómasdóttir discusses the need for gender balance in finance, politics, and business to create a more sustainable society.
"What we see, we can be. So screw fear and challenges. It matters that women run, and it's time for women to run for office, be it the office of the CEO or the office of the president."
Julia Bacha is a creative director at Just Vision, an organization that uses film and multimedia to foster conversations on the most controversial and pressing modern-day issues. By citing stories, history, and statistics, Bacha reveals the massive impact women have on leading effective resistance campaigns, and why we need to see more women in leadership roles.
“When a movement includes in its discourse language around gender equality, it increases dramatically the chances it will adopt nonviolence, and thus, the likelihood it will succeed.”
Words: Jacquelyn Z.