We cannot deny the place TED Talks has earned its rightful, important place when it comes to motivational and awe-inspiring speeches. Whether we are attending a class or a seminar of sorts, we have encountered a couple of their videos one way or another, and for a good reason, too. Here are some of the best TED Talks by women that are worth watching and sharing.

  1. The Power of Introverts

About the speaker

A former corporate lawyer, Susan Cain embraced her dream to become the writer she always wanted to be, writing the book QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

What it’s about

 Did you ever feel like you are, in some way, discriminated against for not wanting to always surround yourself with people? Did you ever question why there is countless groupwork in our schools and workplaces, even those that do not really require being done in teams? These are the issues that Cain address in her powerful speech.

With the rise of globalisation, technology, and business, extroversion has come the trait that is more valued and encouraged. But Susan Cain begs to differ; starting with her own story, she has shown convincingly that there is so much value and potential to introverts. A look back to history and the greatest figures in the past as well as reading on various studies and researches would support this claim.

What we can learn from her

With her speech, Cain encourages us to value introverts and to see what they have to offer that extroverts cannot. More than that, however, Cain makes us realise that all of us, extroverts included, can benefit greatly from moments of solitary and contemplation.

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  1. “Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?”

About the speaker

 More than a businesswoman and IT pioneer, Stephanie Shirley is also a philanthropist. She was honoured by the British government more than a couple of times.

What it’s about

Listen to the story of a woman who, little did she know, would change the landscape of Information Technology and business and laid the first stone for the women aspiring to enter these fields. In spite of the gender bias and people who did not believe her, Shirley did not let these things stop her from doing what she wanted to do for other women like her.

Her story is a reminder that the journey to success is never easy. In her own words, “if success were easy, we’d all be millionaires. But in my case, it came in the midst of family, trauma, and indeed, crisis.”

What we can learn from her

 Shirley acknowledges that she would not have achieved what she had if it were not for people who helped her along the way, showing that she remains humble and grateful despite what she achieved.

With the software company Freelance Programmers which she founded, Shirley was able to provide jobs for women. She did the unthinkable and became one of the best examples that there are ‘first’s’ for everything.

Starting as small as working in a dinner table with $100 (in today’s value) worth of investment, she showed that women can make it big, even in a male-dominated business like technology.

Instead of crying for change, Shirley chose to make the adjustments and to bring about the change with her actions, particularly her business. Changing her name to “Steve”, she wanted to make sure her ideas are heard before she was judged as a female. She built the company that she, as well as many other women, only dreamed of working in.

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  1. “Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave”

About the speaker

 Leslie Morgan Steiner is a businesswoman, writer, and blogger hailing from the US.

What it’s about

 Whenever you encounter news stories on domestic violence and the women who fall victim to it, what comes to your mind? You have probably heard from other people, or even yourself, the question: “why didn’t she just leave?”

This is the question that Leslie Morgan Steiner, a victim of domestic abuse herself, answers in this speech. With her story as a 22-year-old fresh graduate from Harvard, who would have thought that she could not know that what she was experiencing abuse? And like many others, why didn’t she just decide to take off?

As Steiner bravely recounts her story, we are made to realise that things are not as simple as that when you are in a house with an abusive partner. In fact, the act of talking about her experience of abuse in itself would be deemed impossible by many who have gone through this hardship.

Steiner recognises that not everyone is as lucky as her to get out of such relationship and rebuild her life and family again. She explains the steps leading to domestic abuse and how we can identify it, especially before it gets to the final step –  the point of no return; that is, the death of the victim in the hands of the person he/she loved the most.

What we can learn from her

 The first thing is that we should never easily judge others, especially those who are victims of domestic abuse. Leaving domestic abuse is not a matter of being smart enough to know you are being abused. There are many factors involved that we do not know about.

What we should do, however, is to put light on this issue. Talk to people about it. As Steiner tells us, abuse thrives when no one talks about it. Instead of putting down the victims, encourage them to share their stories and others to spread the word. Inform them and many others – men and women alike – of the signs of abuse.

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  1. “Meet a Young Entrepreneur, Cartoonist, Designer, Activist…”

About the speaker

 Maya Penn is a fashion designer, cartoonist, and philanthropist. At the age of 8, she started her online fashion retail business. By 10, she has already been featured in Forbes.

What it’s about

The 13-year-old entrepreneur, with singular charisma & charm and animations she thought of and made herself – talks of her journey to the business world. In here, she tells us of her fascination with art and how this paved her way for success in the fashion design business.

More than that, however, Maya Penn proves to be even more sophisticated than many entrepreneurs decades ahead of her. On top of the fact that her products are eco-friendly, she donates a significant percentage of profits  to charities and environmental organisations.

What we can learn from her

 Once again, a young entrepreneur is able to show the world that business is not just about raising the numbers in your bank account; it can also be done for a cause. On top of that, she challenges us to put our ideas to life. She demonstrated this by showing us it is possible to follow our dreams without the expense of the world we live in. Truly, Maya Penn is among the living proofs that entrepreneurship knows no age.

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Abigail Wong is the Writer of The New Savvy.

She is a Singapore Management University 2nd year undergraduate specialising in Strategic Management. From Tampa, Florida, she possesses an International Baccalaureate diploma from C. Leon King High School, and previously held the position of Treasurer of the King High School Division of the French National Honour Society and the Science National Honour Society. Abigail is currently acting as President of the French Cultural Club for SMU International Connections, and as a Resident Advisor and Fire Warden for the SMU Residences at Prinsep.

Abigail is a Former Florida Science Olympiad Champion in chemical forensics and protein modelling, and former Health Occupation Student’s Association District Champion in clinical nursing.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys interacting and caring for animals. She has previously volunteered for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay as an Adoption Assistant.

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