These 10 TED Talks not only captivate those who listen, but they’re created by inspirational and motivational women.
The speaker of this TED Talk speaks on the fact that girls and women are more likely to have weaker spatial skills than men. She also recommends that girls play with Legos, sketch drawings, or play 3D games in order to gain better spatial skills.
The story of Ada Lovelace is an incredible story of courage and intelligence. In this TED Talk, she also talks about the fact that 14% of technological jobs are taken by women.
In this TED Talk, von Briesen notes that opportunity, empowerment, and motivation are critical in closing the gender gap in STEM careers.
In this inspiring TED Talk, Collins-Puri says that “it’s about addressing an ecosystem that is preventing our girls from persisting into a STEM career.” She works on a program called Techbridge Girls. She also explains what science capital is and how to make sure girls and women own it.
This TED Talk opens eyes to the struggles of education in India. The staggering statistic that “one-third of all the world’s child slaves are in India” is devastating. We agree that the solution is education.
This inspiring TED Talk about a 12 year old tackling access to clean water and overcoming lead poisoning is extremely encouraging and motivational.
This TED Talk is about an engineer, educator, entrepreneur, mathematician, analyst, manager and Congressional award recipient. Her friends say that the movie Hidden Figures reminded them of her. She wondered why, after seeing the movie, that she didn’t know about the mathematicians featured in the movie. Scott then presents some staggering statistics, that 57% of all girls don’t consider a career in STEM and that 67% of 8th grade girls in Texas are not proficient in math.
Lim’s efforts to foster women in STEM are inspiring, motivational and necessary. She also noted, some of the difficulties for women in STEM. She noted that “14-25% of STEM workers are women.” Therefore, she developed the Women in Engineering, Science and Technology symposium to encourage and engage women in the STEM fields.
In her Ted Talk, Valentin says that 25% of the STEM workforce are women and that 2.4 million jobs go unfilled. She also says that women stumble because of lack of inspiration and empowerment. She also says that mentorship between women and girls is critical, which is why the program STEM Sisters is so important for girls in grades 6 through 12.
The staggering statistic that women only consist of 11% of all engineers devastates us to hear. In this Ted talk, Sterling talks about her invention of Goldieblox, which acts similar to Legos but targets girls.
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Written By Chelsea Kowal