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Talks on modern feminism

These essential talks delve into the intricacies of feminism, examining everyday realities in the pursuit of equality.

  1. 11:26
    Courtney E. Martin This isn't her mother's feminism

    Blogger Courtney E. Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.

  2. 11:28
    Roxane Gay Confessions of a bad feminist

    When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism — and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.

  3. 12:39
    Elizabeth Nyamayaro An invitation to men who want a better world for women

    Around the world, women still struggle for equality in basic matters like access to education, equal pay and the right to vote. But how to enlist everyone, men and women, as allies for change? Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women's HeForShe initiative, which has created more than 2.4 billion social media conversations about a more equal world. She invites us all to join in as allies in our shared humanity.

  4. 16:36
    Jimmy Carter Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse 

    With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? "In general, men don't give a damn."

  5. 7:30
    Tavi Gevinson A teen just trying to figure it out

    Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models — so she built a space where they could find each other. At TEDxTeen, she illustrates how the conversations on sites like Rookie, her wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

  6. 15:58
    Michael Kimmel Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included

    Yes, we all know it's the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It's not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.

  7. 19:54
    Eve Ensler Embrace your inner girl

    In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all — a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

  8. 14:39
    Leymah Gbowee Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell — of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?

  9. 18:00
    Isabel Allende Tales of passion

    Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.

  10. 16:56
    Sheryl Sandberg So we leaned in ... now what?

    Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 — because she was going to talk, for the first time, about the lonely experience of being a woman in the top tiers of business. Millions of views (and a best-selling book) later, the Facebook COO talks with the woman who pushed her to give that first talk, Pat Mitchell. Sandberg opens up about the reaction to her idea, and explores the ways that women still struggle with success.