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International Women’s Day: 7 Inspiring TED Talks by Women

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to highlight the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women and further accelerate gender parity across the globe.

To help #PressforProgress towards gender equality, we’ve selected a few inspiring TED talks by women that everyone should watch, but particularly women looking to take a stronger initiative in advancing their careers.

Sheryl Sandberg – Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg analyses why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the peaks of their chosen professions – and give three incredible pieces of advice to those gunning for top.

Anne-Marie Slaughter – Can we have it all?

An amazing career, lovely children, strong presence in the community – can women have it all? Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter shares how we can achieve equality through shifts in work culture and social mores.

Margaret Heffernan – Dare to disagree

Having been the CEO of five businesses, Margaret Heffernan knows that, rather than instinctively avoiding conflict, allowing people to disagree can lead to progress.

Leila Hoteit – 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman

Faced with tougher cultural rigidity than their Western counterparts, professional Arab women had to become their own role models to succeed. Leila Hoteit shares three valuable lessons for anyone wanting to thrive in today’s modern workplace.

Amy Cuddy – Your body language may shape who you are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy makes the case that standing in a posture of confidence even when we feel otherwise can boost our confidence and ultimately boost our chances for success.

Mellody Hobson – Color blind or color brave?

Race can be a very touchy subject, but Finance executive Mellody Hobson says that that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it, particularly about diversity in hiring, and make for better businesses and a better society.

Susan Colantuono – The career advice you probably didn't get

Leading Women Founder and CEO Susan Colantuono shares a surprisingly simple piece of advice you might not have heard before put so plainly. While aimed at an audience of women, this talk has universal takeaways – for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.


With thousands of hours of TED talks available, we hope these will encourage and inspire you long after International Women’s Day.

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