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21 amazing quotes from TEDWomen 2015

21 amazing quotes from TEDWomen 2015

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After two days of TEDWomen 2015,  the jaw-dropping, standing-O moments are still hanging in the air — smart, sad and funny insights on things we don’t often say out loud … “I am a bad feminist and a good woman. I am trying to become better in how I think and say and do — without abandoning what makes []

12 short films by female filmmakers, played at TEDWomen 2015

12 short films by female filmmakers, played at TEDWomen 2015

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Anyssa Samari finds the interstitials for TED Conferences — the short videos that run between speakers as palate-cleansers. “It’s like a Rubik’s Cube,” she says. “There are a lot of constraints—the videos can’t be too long, they need to tell a narrative, they need to be beautiful and they need to fit the theme of the session. []

Women at war, women as friends: The talks in Session 6 of TEDWomen 2015

Women at war, women as friends: The talks in Session 6 of TEDWomen 2015

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What is an idea, really, if you keep it to yourself? No, ideas are meant to be shared. In this session, stories of connection — from Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who have been friends since 9 to 5, to Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols, a couple who traveled around the world documenting the lives of “supergays.” Short recaps of []

When a school is not a school: Linda Cliatt-Wayman at TEDWomen 2015

When a school is not a school: Linda Cliatt-Wayman at TEDWomen 2015

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On her first day as a principal in a North Philadelphia school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman was determined to lay down the law and set clear expectations. She called her students into the auditorium and told them how things would go at that school. But one voice interrupted her. “Miss,” called out a girl named Ashley, “why do []

Be pro-voice: Aspen Baker flips the conversation on abortion at TEDWomen 2015

Be pro-voice: Aspen Baker flips the conversation on abortion at TEDWomen 2015

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Aspen Baker had just graduated from college when she found out she was pregnant. She was sitting at the bar where she worked and her co-worker, Polly, asked if she wanted a drink. Baker had to confess, “I’m pregnant. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.” “Without hesitation, Polly replied: ‘Oh, I’ve had an abortion,’” remembers Baker on the TEDWomen []

A question worth asking: Babies at TED events?

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A tough and interesting question surfaced yesterday at TEDWomen — and not from the stage. One of our attendees brought a 5-month-old baby to the conference, and this raised the question: How can we make TED more accessible to parents with very young children? TED has always had a “grownups-only” policy; we don’t allow kids []

The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

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Seduction happens in many forms. The speakers in this session highlight unexpected twists on the topic — a romance of dueling banjos, the allure of insects, and our ever-widening definition of love. Short recaps of the talks in this session… What we learn from insect sex. “You could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to reuse a species for []

Toward tech that can understand how we’re feeling: Rana el Kaliouby speaks at TEDWomen 2015

Toward tech that can understand how we’re feeling: Rana el Kaliouby speaks at TEDWomen 2015

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Most human beings can tell the difference between a smirk and a smile. Our computers and devices, however? Not so much. Fifteen years ago, Rana el Kaliouby left her home in Egypt to study computer science at Cambridge. With her husband at home, she found herself homesick. “I realized I was spending more hours with my laptop than any other human,” she []