Equal Pay Day: 5 motivating TED talks for working women

10th November 2016

Today marks Equal Pay Day in the UK.

This means that women will effectively work for free from now until the end of the year because of the gender pay gap. A gap that, at the current rate of progress, will take 60 years to close, campaigners estimate.

In light of this, we want to share TED talks from five super smart and strong working women. Hopefully, they leave you feeling as empowered as we do after listening to them.

1. Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Filmed at TEDWomen, December 2010

We couldn’t NOT feature this powerful talk by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg. Looking at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions, the working mum provides helpful advice for women aiming for the C-suite. Among all the facts and figures, Sheryl also includes personal stories. Like the one about her three-year-old daughter clinging to her leg as she dropped her off at preschool, on her way to a conference. Hands up who can relate to a situation like this!

2. Halla Tomasdottir: A feminine response to Iceland’s financial crash

Filmed at TEDWomen, December 2010

Co-founder of Audur Capital financial services, Halla Tomasdottir is an enterprising businesswoman. She used her feminine values to help her financial company weather one of the worst economic storms in decades, proving that what is common may not always be what is right. Here, Halla talks about those five traditional values and the importance of balance.

3. Kiran Bedi: A police chief with a difference

Filmed at TEDWomen, December 2010

Innovative, tough and committed to social change, Kiran Bedi was the first female director of the Indian Police Service. She was also warden of one of the country’s toughest prisons, where she used a new focus on prevention and education to turn it into a centre of learning and meditation. Here, Kiran shares her inspiring stories and thoughts.

4. Kavita Ramdas: Radical women, embracing tradition

Filmed November 2009 at TEDIndia 2009

Born and raised in India, Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women learnt early on to be understandably suspicious of the relatives who would pat her and her sisters on their heads, and then turn to her parents to suggest that they “try again” for a son. Here, she talks about three encounters with powerful women who fight to make the world better, while preserving the traditions that sustain them. We especially love that her fight for gender equality developed at such a young age.

5. Deborah Rhodes: A tool that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it’s not available to you

Filmed at TEDWomen, December 2010

Perhaps appealing to followers of our new division, Kaizen Healthcare, this talk by Deborah Rhodes will help you learn why the web of politics and economics may be keeping an amazing diagnostic tool from mainstream use. An expert at managing breast-cancer risk, Dr. Rhodes shares her story of creating a tool that is three times as effective as traditional mammograms for women with dense breast tissue.