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Top 10 Ted Talks Every Woman Should See

Posted on 09 March 2014

To celebrate TED's 30th Anniversary (yes, TED is turning 30!) and International Women's Day, Glamour magazine asked TED Prize Deputy Director, Anna Verghese, to curate a list of Top 10 Ted Talks Every Women Should See. "There are now more than 1,700 TED talks—"ideas worth spreading" available online, many of them by badass women," Verghese told Glamour. "I'm honored to make recommendations of just 10 of the many talks, from scientists to artists, writers to leaders, that have made me feel smarter and more prepared to take on the world in just 18 minutes or less."

Here's my shortlist of Verghese's top 10 talks.  Hope at least one of them entertains and inspires you!

This year's TED Prize winner, Charmain Gooch: Meeting Global Corruption's Hidden Players

Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders 
"This is the talk that preceded [Lean In]," says Verghese. "[It's] a great, unconventional, persuasive take on the way that women take themselves out of the running for leadership positions."

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
"An essential talk for all young women! Cuddy is a psychologist and Harvard Business School professor who explains how our posture and body language shape not only how others see us but how we see ourselves," says Verghese.

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
"This blockbuster talk came out of one of our TEDx events in Houston," says Verghese. "Brené's take on vulnerability—and why it's essential to our relationships and to our success—has won her millions of fans worldwide."

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
"The author of Eat, Pray, Love offers unconventional advice on how to nurture your own creativity," says Verghese. "Her advice: Take some pressure off yourself, but never stop creating."

Courtney Martin: Reinventing Feminism
"A beautifully heartfelt talk, she describes the three paradoxes that define her generation's question to define the term [feminism] for themselves," Verghese.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight 
"Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroscientist who observed her own stroke as it was happening. This is one of the most popular TED talks of all time," says Verghese.

Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls
"The Nobel Prize winner from Liberia shares powerful stories about the unlocked potential of girls worldwide, who are still far from [being] treated as equal citizens," says Verghese.

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