6 Empowering Women You Need To Know

Their thoughts on art, sexuality, employment, feminism, and body image issues.

Here are some inspiring TEDx Talks by women from different cultures and industries, just in case you needed a little help to get through the week. 

1. Sarah Kay: If I Should Have A Daughter…

"If I should have a daughter, instead of 'Mom,' she’s gonna call me 'Point B,' because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can find her way to me…"

2. Cameron Russell: Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m A Model.

“These pictures aren’t pictures of me. They are constructions. They are constructions by a group of professionals—by hairstylists and makeup artists and photographers and stylists and all their assistants and pre-production and post-production…I got these free things because of how I look and not who I am. And there are people paying a cost for how they look and who they are.”

3. Geena Rocero: Why I Must Come Out

“My outside self finally matched my inner truth…All of us are put in boxes—by our family, by our religion, by our society. Our moment in history. Even our own bodies.”

Read more about Geena Rocero’s story as a transgender Filipina here


4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should All Be Feminists

"Some people ask: 'Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender."

5. Lillian Bustle: Stripping Away Negative Body Image

“Society has turned the word fat into a synonym for 'ugly.' That’s not what fat means. Fat just means fat. I’m 5’3 so I call myself 'short.' I’m married so I call myself 'a wife.' I weigh 240 pounds so I call myself 'fat.' And I am beautiful so I call myself 'beautiful.' And I am all of those things at once."

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6. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

'Women systematically underestimate their own abilities. Women do not negotiate for themselves in the workforce. Men attribute their success to themselves and women attribute it to other external factors. No one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side, not at the table. No one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success. Sit at the table.'

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