What is a TED Talk? A TED Talk is a bite-sized presentation on a topic the viewer may not know anything about, from someone she’s probably never heard of before. These talks allow the viewer to expand her horizons and understand more parts of her world. They allow her to see a diversity of speakers from a diversity of backgrounds, so that she, the viewer, can have a diversified mindset. These are the following five incredible TED Talks that all Smart Girls and Smart Women should see:
Monica Lewinsky is a household name for most Americans. Her infamous name is synonymous with scandal, perjury, and impeachment. However, there is another phrase her name should be associated with: “victim of humiliation.” During President Bill Clinton’s impeachment process, Monica Lewinsky became the target of his enemies on Capitol Hill and received online harassment every single day. Breaking her silence after years of quietly enduring humiliation on the Internet, Lewinsky talks at TED about our “culture of humiliation” and what we can do to stop it.
Adichie, the giver of that incredible speech in Beyoncé’s Flawless, has also given her own TED Talk. She talks about her personal experiences as an African feminist and the ever-present divide between men and women. Adichie recognizes gender roles hurt people of all genders and therefore calls upon us all to reclaim the word “feminist” for ourselves, no matter what gender we identify as.
When seven-year-old Mellody Hobson came home from a birthday party, her mother asked her how she was treated at the party. Young Mellody didn’t understand the question; yes, she had been the only black girl at the party, but why did that matter? Her mother looked at her and told her the truth, that she would not always be treated with such “‘color blindness.” Ms. Hobson takes the stage at TED to discuss diversity in hiring and how not doing so actually hurts your company and the economy. She talks openly about race, and as scary as the topic is, she pushes us to open the conversation as well – so that we can improve diversity within our companies and industries.
All her life, Susan Cain was encouraged to be extroverted, to push herself outside of her comfort zone. However, Ms. Cain brings us a powerful message; introverts have their own special talents to offer the world, and that we should celebrate them instead of forcing them to become people that they are not.
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Surely this title seems to be quite obvious – thinking you’re ugly is of course a terrible notion. However, how often do we remember this when we’re looking in the mirror? Ms. Ramsey takes the stage to remind us all that we’re all beautiful. She cites some terrifying statistics and trends in young, impressionable girls. She shows us how we can improve body image for the younger generation and help them to grow up to be body-confident women. She has a plan for saving our sons and daughters from bullies.