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Kat Haber

Organizer / Curator, WILD Foundation


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How can TEDx events balance the ratio of female to male speakers?

Recently many organizers and TED staff have been wondering why men are more likely to show up on TEDx stages speaking than do women. Is it a question of courage or time or desire or family responsibilities or not being known or lack of degrees or lack of power or looking harder? What do you think are the reasons? How can we change this?

Women are reshaping our world. http://www.ted.com/themes/women_reshaping_the_world.html

How do we find them, invite them, support them, give them a platform to amplify their ideas, have their voices heard, and radically increase their own image of what they are capable of impacting? Where are they investing their life energy? How can we value and reward them? Do you know any who should be speaking at a TEDx? Or nominated to be a TED Fellow?


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  • Nov 8 2013: All the talks you linked are modern feminists advancing their ideology. Are you commenting that when women do give speeches it’s always about feminism? Or that there aren’t enough women giving speeches about feminism and sometimes they have be given by men? Obviously I am not quite ignorant of your complaint as my rhetoric suggests; but your comment is laced with assumptions I find counter-productive to any goal of intellect or discourse.
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      Nov 8 2013: How could this question be posed in a more productive manner? No, when women give TEDx talks they certainly are not exclusively feminist in nature. This is precisely why more of them need to be on stage to illustrate this point. That they are far more capable than the world has heard. What are their leading edges? What compels them to be researchers, inventors, bold risk takers? How is their life balance distinct from men in their fields?

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