The first TED talk I watched was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” while folding laundry one cold Saturday morning. By the time I balled up my last T-shirt in the basket, I was hanging on her every word and plotting a way to have brunch with her and pick her brain about everything. I was officially hooked on TED talks.
In case you've been living under a rock, TED, which stands for technology, entertainment, design, is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing thought-provoking, enlightening and meaningful conversations to the public in the form of a verbal presentation. Some of the talks are 30 minutes to an hour, while others are shorter in length, so you can watch them while drinking your morning coffee. I've spent the past few weeks in a serious TED Talk deep dive and picked the five best talks for young women. I hope these talks will strike a nerve within you, challenge the way you work, the way you see yourself and the way you live. Grab the popcorn, and let the viewing session begin.
1. Why 30 is Not the New 20
Psychologist Meg Jay sets the record straight for us 20-somethings: This is the best time of our life. Let’s get it together.
2. Your Elusive Creative Genius
“Eat, Pray, Love” writer Elizabeth Gilbert helps artists of all kinds take charge of their creativity and never fear when it comes to doing your job.
3. Embrace Your Inner Girl
Eve Ensler, the woman behind “The Vagina Monologues” teaches us to remember the little girl we once were, the one we stuffed in the box with our old dreams and ambitions, and let her shine again.
4. Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad for You
Dove’s own Meaghan Ramsey explains the studies behind beauty and body image issues, and how they affect how we look at ourselves in the mirror.
5. The Power of Vulnerability
Go on a hilarious journey with Brené Brown as she discovers herself and her own vulnerability as a woman through her research of human behavior. If you enjoy this one, make sure you also check out Listening To Shame. You won't regret it.
Did we miss your favorite TED talk? Share it with us in the comments below.