In our society, we do not have enough inspirational female leaders. We thing of men as role models that inspire us to become better people, whereas the women that inspire us, inspire us to be come better women, or mothers, but not necessarily better people. We simply don’t know as many, but they exist.
These are talks from women who have all pushed the limits, and dared to dream. They are powerful, intelligent, and inspirational to all people.
Leymah Gbowee (pronounced “LAY-ma BO-wee”) is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a truly inspirational woman who embraces the idea of women in community and the impact they can have. From helping child soldiers, to organizing rallies to protest the civil war in Liberia, to actively going around and telling women to vote (resulting in the election of the first female president of Liberia), Leymah doesn’t just talk the talk — she walks the walk. Her TED talk will motivate you to want to make change and reach inside to use that power that is in you.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda is a powerful novelist from Nigeria. Her stories are known internationally for attracting new generations of people to African literature and raising awareness against stereotypes. Her TED talk here is about, as the title states, is about the “Danger of a Single Story,” or a single perspective. The classic topic is presented in a very engaging and new way. Check it out.
Courtney E. Martin
Courtney is an insightful and intelligent writer and blogger — and also a strong feminist. We have a such a stigma against feminism and feminists, but do we really understand what it is? This TED talk comes from the TEDWomen conference in 2010 and Courtney explains what feminism means to her, and seeks to define it in a way that makes it more relatable.
Eve is an American playwright as well as a passionate feminist and activist. She does work on defeating violence against women and embracing womanhood. Her TED talk, from TEDIndia focusses on just that: embracing womanhood and being proud of being a woman. She’s seen different parts of the world and the different ways women and girls are oppressed and hindered. Her talk is lyrical and will make you so happy to be a girl.
Kekenya is a girl who refused the oppression of women in her village and fought for her right to school. She believes in the rights of everyone to education, and wouldn’t take no for an answer when hers was denied. She has gone on to go to college and even built a school for girls in her community, working together with other people of her village. She went further and made a change. This TED talk is her story.
Sue deep-sea dives. Impressive, right? But she does it while in a wheelchair. Outstanding. Sue’s TED talk talks about being in a wheelchair and how it changed her life and her thinking. She sought to alter the perception and stereotypes other people had about disabilities or impairments by showing them she’s perfectly capable of doing the things other people do. So here she is, deep-sea diving.
Hanna is another author and writer, and self-proclaimed idealist. In this TED talk of hers talks about the way women are starting to make an impact in society and how women everywhere are breaking boundaries and making changes. Women are breaking into the workforce exponentially.
Sheryl’s TED talk on “Why we have too few women leaders” becomes all the more interesting when you find out she’s just become the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She explains how the top spots in the workplace and world (i.e. parliament, CEO’s, etc) are dominated by men. Her talk will motivate you to reach high and be ambitious.
Our modern day values and thoughts on equality and acceptance constantly seem to conflict with our age old traditions. Kavita Ramdas, a sensational female leader in her own right — former CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Executive Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, female rights advocate — is also a woman born from India, where traditions are still a very important part of life. In her TED talk, she tells us how women can be radical and yet without sacrificing old traditions.
Elizabeth is the acclaimed author of Eat, Pray, Love. Her TED talk is about how she overcame failure as an author and faced rejected manuscripts. It’s her story on perseverance, success, and how to keep going on and reaching for the stars. And like her writing style, she’s witty, entertaining, and super engaging.
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