Modern feminism. What does it mean? What does it look like? These 10 women share their unique experiences, opinions, and philosophies. Take some time to today to watch and discuss with a friend or coworker!
SARAH KAY: “IF I SHOULD HAVE A DAUGHTER”
The poem that Sarah begins her TED Talk with is breathlessly beautiful. “Don’t apologize for the way your eyes refuse to ever stop shining,” she imagines saying to her daughter. I think the same can and should be said to grown vinas! Love fiercely and live unashamedly!
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS”
Chimamanda says, ‘To bring up gender is sometimes to encounter immediate resistance,” but she doesn’t let that resistance stop her from speaking her mind.
CAROLINE PAUL: “TO RAISE BRAVE GIRLS, ENCOURAGE ADVENTURE”
I’ll let you in on a secret: The prospect of raising a daughter in today’s world scares the s*** out of me! But Caroline is a badass woman and stresses the importance of teaching young women bravery, which in turn creates badass adult women. It’s a little less scary when you know you’ve got gals like this to have your back.
RESHMA SAUJANI: “TEACH GIRLS BRAVERY, NOT PERFECTION” ‘
Reshma is the founder of Girls Who Code, so she is pretty used to being a badass, but this TED talk cements her status.
COURTNEY MARTIN: “THIS ISN’T HER MOTHER’S FEMINISM”
I think most women can relate to teenaged Courtney’s disillusionment, but as Courtney’s mother says, we are more creative and resilient than we give ourselves credit for. Write the book you needed to read or make the film you wish existed. We can do it.
MICHAEL KIMMEL: “WHY GENDER EQUALITY IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE”
Okay, Michael is not a self-identified woman, but he’s still an awesome feminist.
SHERYL SANDBERG: “SO WE LEANED IN…NOW WHAT?”
Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook COO and yet she was terrified to step onto the TED Talk stage. Why? Because she was warned that talking about being a woman would end her business career. (Spoiler alert: She’s doesn’t regret doing it).
LEYMAH GBOWEE: “UNLOCK THE INTELLIGENCE, PASSON, GREATNESS OF GIRLS”
Leymah is a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and talks about the untapped potential of women around the world. Ever wondered what we could achieve if we unlocked our greatness?
EVE ENSLER “EMBRACE YOUR INNER GIRL”
Eve is the founder of the amazing Vagina Monologues and tells the heartfelt stories of women around the world who have overcome adversity.
ISABEL ALLENDE: “TALES OF PASSION”
Last but not least, Isabel defines her version of feminism and passion for us all.
Which talk inspired you the most? Discuss with a friend and comment below!