Ted Talks are great. You get to watch smart people talk about important and difficult subjects in short, bitesized chunks and become more informed. While Ted is a fantastic, inclusive organisation with talks from very diverse backgrounds and topics, only thirty percent of their most popular videos are women, middle aged white women at that. Middle aged white women are important, but so are younger, older, black, asian and disabled women, all women. Are there any other great women TedTalks we should be watching?
While I don’t have the answers as to why people are watching male Ted Talks, I can share with you five interesting Ted Talks by women that are not so popular but deserve to be watched and shared. You can also read about brilliant books written by women, affordable ethical places to shop, great female YouTubers and podcasts too.
Casey Brown is a pricing consultant who helps individuals and businesses decide prices for products and services they offer. In this talk she talks about how people don’t pay you what you worth, they pay you what they think you are worth and you can control their thinking. Using herself as a case study, using the same advice she gave her clients, she realised she was worth double and asked for it and got it. She points out, just by changing the way we present ourselves can make a whole lot of difference.
CEO of Leading Women, a management consulting company, Susan Colantuono shows us what women are doing wrong in order to get out of middle management and into leadership positions. The long and short of it is we need to focus on financial data and business building in work and grabbing attention that way and not just from doing a great job.
Paula Stone Williams was the CEO of a large religious non profit who, in later life decided to be who she always was, a woman. This comedic, yet poignant TedTalk points out some of the biggest differences she found after transitioning and shares her story including what white male privilege has (and hasn’t) brought to her.
This inspiring talk is not just for black women. T Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison are founders of GirlTrek, a non profit organisation that encourages Black women to walk themselves into health. It stemmed from the statistics black women are more likely to die earlier than any other demographic. In this talk, Dixon and Morgan show how walking not only help keeps weight down and other health problems but it also gives women time to think, process and find solutions for a better life.
Founder of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani talks about how confidence and women’s necessity for perfection is actually harming their value and progress. This talk uses case studies of girls who tried a few times but gave up compared with men who asked for help with broken code, and shows us why bravery to be imperfect is important today.
Becoming informed, knowing our worth and how to get ahead is so fundamental to reaching our fullest potential. We should never live thinking ‘what if I had…’ so use your voice, your resources and your feet to get you to where you know you deserve to be and fight through adversity. Karen Lamb once said ‘a year from now, you will wish you had started today’ so go start and do you today.
You can find a playlist of more inspiring women TedTalks here.
Over and Out!