“we all move forward when we recognise how resilient and striking the women around us are” -Rupi Kaur
Anyone who hasn’t been sucked into a three-hour binge-watching session of Ted Talks has not embraced the full potential of the internet. Ted Talks have been a source of inspiration and education to millions of people across the globe. Therefore, I have compiled a list of my four favourite presentations by powerful women to help motivate you for the week ahead.
Orenstein is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Girls and Sex. She helps young women redefine their own sexual pleasure and navigate the changing sexual landscape. Her Ted Talk provides much-needed insight into female sexuality and “intimate justice”. Peggy negotiates the political and personal implications of sex, and why young women do not feel entitled to their own sexual pleasure.
Cameron Russell is an American fashion model and activist, with a degree in economics and political science from Colombia University. Her Ted Talk has gathered almost 12 million views making it one of the most popular Ted Talks ever presented. Russell used the opportunity to address the “power of image” and to deconstruct what people think about models and modelling as a career. Her talk aims to redefine and reimagine how we look at hegemonic standards of beauty, and realise that it’s mostly superficial.
“Feminists are women who are unhappy because they cannot find husbands”
The Nigerian writer is well-known for her quote “we should all be feminists”, which recently featured on Dior‘s line of bespoke tshirts. Chimamanda explores feminist thinking. She challenges gender stereotypes and inequality in contemporary Nigeria and African society. Her advocacy for gender equality and reconstructing masculine and feminine identities has earned her the MacArthur Genius Grant.
Adichie argues that “feminist isn’t an insult, but rather a label that should be embraced by all”.
Cuddy is a social psychologist, author and lecturer specialising in nonverbal behaviour. Her Ted Talk on body language has been watched over 12 million times. She deals with the relationship between power dynamics and gender. She associates the mantra “fake it till you make it” with “power posing” and expresses how this technique can help participants boost their confidence and feel more powerful.