To close our week of International Women’s Day stories, we leave you with five TED Talks we believe all women should watch. Enjoy!
Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders – Sheryl Sandberg
“I’ve become convinced that we’ve made more progress in the workforce than we have in the home. The data shows this very clearly. If a woman and a man work full-time and have a child, the woman does twice the amount of housework the man does, and the woman does three times the amount of childcare the man does. So she’s got three jobs or two jobs, and he’s got one. Who do you think drops out when someone needs to be home more?”
The Facebook COO addresses the reasons for the rampant scarcity of women in higher level positions and what to do about it.
We Should All be Feminists – Chimamande Ngozi Adichie
“I am angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change, but in addition to being angry, I’m also hopeful because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to make and remake themselves for the better.”
Novelist Chimamanda’s talk is a rallying cry in defense of modern feminism. With warmth and wit, she eloquently explains exactly what that is, what it isn’t, and why we need it.
The Price of Shame – Monica Lewinsky
“A marketplace has emerged where public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry. How is the money made? Clicks. The more shame, the more clicks. The more clicks, the more advertising dollars. We’re in a dangerous cycle. The more we click on this kind of gossip, the more numb we get to the human lives behind it, and the more numb we get, the more we click. All the while, someone is making money off of the back of someone else’s suffering.”
The often-ignored consequence of public shame in our gossip-fueled, instant culture is the subject of this talk by Monica Lewinsky, who experienced it on possibly the most global scale.
Looks Aren’t Everything – Cameron Russell
“And I hope what you’re seeing is that these pictures are not pictures of me. They are constructions, and they are constructions by a group of professionals, by hairstylists and makeup artists and photographers and stylists and all of their assistants and pre-production and post-production, and they build this. That’s not me.”
Cameron Russell’s frank and completely honest account of her life as a model will make you question everything you thought you knew about the modelling industry – and our own constructions of beauty.
Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls – Leymah Gbowee
“All of these great innovators and inventors that we’ve talked to and seen over the last few days are also sitting in tiny corners in different parts of the world, and all they’re asking us to do is create that space to unlock the intelligence, unlock the passion, unlock all of the great things that they hold within themselves.”
Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee’s talk is an impassioned testament to what happens when the world recognises and cultivates the potential of its girls.