International Women’s Day is recognised annually every 8 March. It is celebrated in different ways in locations around the world.
In the world of technology, communication and innovation, women have made a tremendous impact and TED talks are a great way to learn more about these projects.
The following seven talks are given by women from a variety of backgrounds and industries, sharing timeless advice and information for people of all ages, genders and professions.
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Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
Many consider Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg one of the most powerful people in the worlds of technology and business. Her 2013 book Lean In explored the role (or lack thereof) of women in high-powered positions and was a smashing success.
But before that, she gave a TED talk titled Why we have too few women leaders back in December 2010 about those same issues. Watch Sandberg discuss many of the topics that she covered in her groundbreaking book, years before its publication.
Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all “have it all”
Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Can we all “have it all”? sprouted from her 2012 article Why women still can’t have it all, where she wrote about why females have a long way to go in regards to equal opportunities. In this TED talk she expands on what this means for men and women. Slaughter, whose extensive CV includes prestigious universities and impressive positions on many boards, outlines changes that can level the playing field.
Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action
These three young women prove that you don’t even have to be old enough to drive a car to have an impact on the world around you. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah took out top prizes in the 2011 Google Science Fair. In their TED talk Award-winning teenage science in action, the three share their work and how they became interested in science.
Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption’s hidden players
The winner of the 2013 TED prize, Charmian Gooch’s main crusade revolves around campaigning against corruption. She helped form Global Witness, a group that studies the links between natural resources and corruption and works to change oppressive and unacceptable practices. Gooch was included in Bloomberg’s 2014 list of the world’s most influential people, and her TED talk gives excellent insight into her team’s pursuit of exposing corruption around the world.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
Heavily influenced by African life, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells of the importance of taking advantage of various points of view in The danger of a single story. Adichie, an accomplished novelist, shares her experience to illustrate the dangers of stereotypes and narrow thinking.
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s talk is one of the most-watched TED talks of all time, with more than 23 million views since it was filmed in June 2012. Cuddy discusses how simple changes in posture and body language can project power and confidence, but can also affect people mentally in a positive way. These benefits could lead to increased success in relationships as well as self-esteem and confidence.
Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker
Forbes columnist Kare Anderson is interested in improving the way humans connect with each other. In her talk Be an opportunity maker, she discusses how shyness impeded her everyday life until she learned how to combat it by connecting with new people. Her fascinating anecdotes combined with an explanation of the rewards that come with creating opportunities for others made this one of the top TED talks of 2014.
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