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The Wednesday Five: TED Talks by 5 Inspiring Women

In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share five of the most inspiring TED Talks by women — invested in creating a better world — from the new crop of 2016 innovative leaders who took to the stage at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver this February.

 

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Reshma Saujani: Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. Her words of inspiration:

In 2012, I started a company to teach girls to code, and what I found is that by teaching them to code I had socialized them to be brave. Coding, it’s an endless process of trial and error, of trying to get the right command in the right place, with sometimes just a semicolon making the difference between success and failure. Code breaks and then it falls apart, and it often takes many, many tries until that magical moment when what you’re trying to build comes to life. It requires perseverance. It requires imperfection.

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Shonda Rhimes: My Year of Saying Yes to Everything

Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. But what happens when the feeling  stops? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes” and find out how she got her “hum” back. Her words of inspiration:

And a crazy thing happened: the very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear, made it not scary. My fear of public speaking, my social anxiety, poof, gone. It’s amazing, the power of one word. “Yes” changed my life. “Yes” changed me. But there was one particular yes that affected my life in the most profound way, in a way I never imagined, and it started with a question from my toddler.

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