Are you looking to feel motivated from the seat of your own couch? Better yet, are you a fan of TED Talks?
This is not your next subscribed list of bullshit.
We are living in extraordinarily truthful times; everything being unveiled, everything under the microscope. Among all the glory and chaos in the wake of our new decade, societies have made remarkable progress. A major social change noticeably underway is the equal representation of different groups of people, women in particular.
In support of the increasingly prevalent community of female power, we have curated a short, concise list recommending TED Talks by influential women from diverse lines of work. And they all contain a powerful take-home message. Hence, the absence of bullshit.
We should all be feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Is that f-word still running amok? What does it even mean to be a ‘feminist’ these days? Certainly, it has a more positive spell than in the past. In a compelling argument, Adichie fools some of us by the title of her TED Talk for she hints no biases towards women as we may presume, but rather – favoring everyone. Adichie unites all the forces in one room as she commences with her personal examples of growing up in a culture that is quite far behind in gender equality. And she does it with such slicing wit and charisma. Her conclusion ultimately brings many of us back down to earth through a humbling fall.
The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding – Dana Kanze
For Women in Pursuit of Motherhood and a Career – Irena Mora
Why we have too few women leaders – Sheryl Sandberg
Women in business: entirely unremarkable – Kirsten Hall
Can we have it all? - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume – Regina Hartley
Confessions of a bad feminist – Roxanne Gay
To top it all off – or rather to laugh it all off – Gay’s endearing and hilarious talk moves us out of the dark times. It is very much a human flaw to contradict ourselves and Gay is a leading example as she calls out on her own bullshit, while taking down everyone else as well. But we just don’t know it ourselves (yet). She has a distinctive feminist image but it is her modest soul to mock her own flaws that make us all wonder do we know what we ourselves are even talking about sometimes?
TED is one of the most privileged places to be for industry experts, who want to wake up the world on certain key issues. Capturing sounding arguments with resilient data. TED speakers do not bullshit.
And while it may be that we do not always want to speak up, and are simply okay when others do so, we still nevertheless always need to have someone to follow.