Women & Change

5 TED Talks by Inspiring Women

While today’s women enjoy more freedom and rights than the females from the past who fought for them, the struggle for equality remains. There are still glass ceilings that not many women fail to break. But if there is one thing worth noting among the many events that unfolded during this year’s International Women’s Day celebration across the world, it would be the sight of millions of women marching in many cities around the world that sent a message of hope for others young and old alike. If you want to see and hear more inspiring women share their message, here are some of the best TED Talks you need to watch.

Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

“If there’s a takeaway to this talk, I hope it’s that we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and our perceived failures.”

Highlights: Victoria Secret model Cameron Russell shares why people should not be judged by their looks. She shares stories and her own experiences that led her to believe that looks are not everything.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

“A feminist is a man or a woman who says, “Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today, and we must fix it. We must do better.”

Highlights: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a novelist, explains why everyone should be a feminist and how it could lead to positive change.

Isabel Allende: How to live passionately—no matter your age

“What have I gained? Freedom: I don’t have to prove anything anymore. I’m not stuck in the idea of who I was, who I want to be, or what other people expect me to be.”

Highlights: Renowned author Isabel Allende talks about why age should not be a deterrent for living passionately.

Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

“The first step to empowerment is to give yourself the authority, the key to independent will, and for women everywhere, no matter who we are or where we come from, that is the most difficult step. We fear the sound of our own voice, for it means admission, but it is this that gives us the power to change our environment.”

Highlights: Journalist Meera Vijayan shares poignant insights into what life is like for young women in India and why speaking up about gender violence is important.

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

“Because no one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side, not at the table, and no one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success, or they don’t even understand their own success.”

Highlights: As a woman holding a leadership position in a world-renowned company, Sheryl Sandberg understands the challenges women face in their professional career. In this talk, she shares advice for women who want to rise to leadership positions in their work.