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TEDWomen 2015, in photos

TEDWomen 2015 was an explosion of ideas, energy and camaraderie — a visual feast. Dive into photos from the event in Monterey …

Hosts Pat Mitchell, June Cohen and Kelly Stoetzel open the event, which took place in the very same theater where TED began. This was one of the last events before the theater is demolished. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Hosts June Cohen, Pat Mitchell and Kelly Stoetzel, from left, open TEDWomen at the Monterey Conference Center, the same theater where TED began in 1984. (TEDWomen is one of the last events here before the theater is demolished and remodeled.) Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

The TEDWomen audience laughed, cried and gave more than a few standing ovations over the course of the conference. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

The audience laughed, cried and gave more than a few standing ovations. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Marlene Zuk talked about insects and sex in Session 3 — and busted open the idea that our gender norms are "natural." Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Marlene Zuk talked about insect sex in Session 3 — and debunked the idea that 1950s-style gender norms are “natural.” Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Guitar god Kaki King opened Session 6 by showing off a psychedelic projection-mapping technique, that's controlled by her percussive playing. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Guitar god Kaki King opened Session 6 with a psychedelic projection-mapping show controlled by her percussive playing. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

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Test-driving a virtual-reality experience made by journalist Nonny de la Peña. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlighted the women who do ground combat in the US Army. Their role is a vital one: building peace by engaging citizens in war zones. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon talked about the women in the US Army who are joining ground combat troops in Afghanistan, building peace by engaging locals. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

The Indigo Girls played the TEDWomen opening party, the audience singing along to classics like "Gallileo" and "Closer to Free." Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Indigo Girls played the TEDWomen opening party, sparking a mass singalong during classics like “Galileo” and “Closer to Fine.” Read our interview with Amy Ray. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Tennis legend Billie Jean King shared how she felt going into the Battle of the Sexes with Bobby Riggs. "I  beat Bobby Riggs because I respected him," she said. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Tennis legend Billie Jean King talked about the Battle of the Sexes, her legendary tennis match against Bobby Riggs. “I beat Bobby Riggs because I respected him,” she said. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Speaker Rich Benjamin takes a walk through the Monterey Conference Center with activist and producer Jodie Evans. While it's called TEDWomen, many men were a part of the experience. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Speaker Rich Benjamin takes a walk through the Monterey Conference Center with activist and producer Jodie Evans. While it’s called TEDWomen, many men were a part of the experience. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Linda Briceño shared the story of how she went from economics student to musician during Session 1 of TEDWomen 2015, before  bringing the room alive with her trumpet work and vocals. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Linda Briceño was an economics student who became a professional musician. During Session 1 she brought the room alive with her trumpet. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Jimmy Carter boldly said, “The number one abuse of human rights on Earth is the mistreatment of women and girls" during Session 4. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Former president Jimmy Carter boldly said, “The number one abuse of human rights on Earth is the mistreatment of women and girls,” during Session 4. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

More than 40 speakers and performers ascended the TEDWomen stage, speaking on topics that ranged from what it means to be a "bad feminist" to what we can learn from listening to glaciers. Photo: Marla Aufmuth

More than 40 speakers and performers took the TEDWomen stage. Browse the lineup. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Married banjo masters  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn took us on a musical trip around the world during Session 3. Later that night, they played a special after-hours event. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Married banjo masters Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn took us on a musical trip around the world during Session 3. Later that night, they played after hours. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Robin Murphy shows host Pat Mitchell a disaster, able to go into disaster zones and send data back. She had a "petting zoo" of these robots onstage with her in Session 1. Photo: Marla Aufmuth

Robin Murphy shows host Pat Mitchell a disaster robot that’s able to go into places humans can’t and send back data. Murphy brought a “petting zoo” of these robots onstage with her in Session 1. Photo: Marla Aufmuth

Aspen Baker reframed the abortion debate, sharing what it means to be pro-voice during Session 5. After, she signed her upcoming book and spoke to attendees about their experiences. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Aspen Baker reframed the abortion debate, sharing what it means to be pro-voice during Session 5. After she spoke, she signed copies of her new book and spoke to attendees about their experiences. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

In the TEDWomen simulcast lounge, attendees watched the conference with bated breath. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

In the TEDWomen simulcast lounge, speaker Alaa Murabit watches the conference. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED