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5 TED Talks That Every Woman in Their 20’s Should Watch

Technology, Entertainment and Design: Ideas Worth Spreading. TED has become one of thel argest repositories for speakers and talks of the widest range of ideas, opinions and research.

TED’s main mission is spreading ideas – “the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately the world.”

Here are 5 TED Talks that every woman in their 20’s should watch:

Meg Jay: Why 30 is Not the New 20Meg Jay forces us to rethink the years in our 20’s as a developmental sweet spot rather than another decade of adolescence – Jay reiterates the point that these 10 years serve as the beginning point of claiming your adulthood, investing in yourself and choosing your family for yourself. She quite succinctly states “…that claiming your 20s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world.”If this talk doesn’t lit a fire under your belly and get you to start thinking about your future and who you want to be, I don’t know what will.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhhgI4tSMwc

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

All you need is 2 minutes. Amy Cuddy describes her research in how non-verbal communication can vastly affect how others see you, but how you see yourself as well. 2 minutes before any interview or any stressful situation, Cuddy explains that a power pose is all you need to empower yourself and feel more confident. So go to the bathroom before your next job interview and stand like Wonder Woman for 2 minutes, I guarantee you you’ll feel differently.


Sheryl Sandberg: Why we Have too Few Female Leaders

Occupying one of the highest positions in an international business, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, provides a glimpse into how women can achieve those highly regarded C-level positions in the workforce. She highlights the disparity in men and women equally occupying top tier positions and Sandberg’s last message is that women more often than not, begin to lean back away from their job once they begin thinking of starting a family: “Don’t leave before you leave. Stay in. Keep your foot on the gas pedal, until the very day you need to leave to take a break for a child.”


Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion

“Heart is what drives us and determines our fate.” Isabel Allende delivers an honest and humorous commentary on the passion that can be found in women. She delivers her strong point of view of the undying feminist movement – by encouraging the audience to get to work in creating an almost perfect world driven by passion and spearheaded by greater feminine energy in the world.


Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret

Live your life with no regrets. A motto that has been countlessly used in today’s society and that drives our own actions. Kathryn Schulz however presents a stark difference to this motto, “But if you want to be fully functional and fully human and fully humane, I think you need to learn to live, not without regret, but with it.” Encouraging viewers and the audience to not shy away from the pain when something goes wrong, but rather accept it and move forward knowing we can do better. Living your life with your regrets shouldn’t be construed as a bad thing, it enables us to look to the future and learn from our mistakes.


You can find thousands of more videos on www.ted.com

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Janice Fu

U Ottawa

Janice Fu is a fourth year International Development and Globalization Student with a minor in Political Science. She is currently a writer for the HerCampus UOttawa News Team. 
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