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“Five Poverty-Fighting Women to Watch” #hwhtw @Daily_Good @AshleyJudd @leila_c @Samasource @pooreconomics @jnovogratz @acumenfund @hpglobalcitizen

A fantastic article from Daily Good!  Props to Ashley Judd for retweeting.

“These five women are fighting poverty in a serious way, but they’re not handing out aid. We hope to see them scale up their models this year and make an even bigger impact.”

Here’s the list:

  • Leila Janah of Samasource
  • Esther Duflo of MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (see post: “Women as Policy Makers”)
  • Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund (one of my favorite speakers from TEDWomen!)
  • Gabi Zedlmayer, leader of Hewlett-Packard’s global social innovations team
  • Shainoor Khoja, who is using technology to address the world’s poverty challenges

Read more!

March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

New “Voices of Women” Class at American University, May 7-23! @HannaRosin #hwhtw

When I first met Hanna Rosin, she had just finished telling the TEDWomen audience that “Men are the new ball and chain.”  My post about that talk (and her famous article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled “The End of Men”) was the most-viewed post on this blog in 2011!  There’s no doubt that Hanna knows how to keep things interesting.

Now, she’s taking her talents to the classroom.  This May, Hanna will be  teaching a 3-week class on “Voices of Women” along with American University professor Iris Krasnow.  Knowing Hanna, there won’t be a dull moment…

To learn more or enroll in the class:



March 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Register for TEDxMassAveWomen before it’s too late!

Tickets for this Thursday’s TEDxMassAveWomen conference are going fast!  The event is FREE, so be sure to reserve your seat before they’re all gone.

Register here:

November 28, 2011 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Video: Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine

“What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine.”

His “idea worth spreading” is that the washing machine freed women in the industrialized world from hours of arduous labor doing laundry – but what about everywhere else?  This was one of my favorite talks from TEDWomen – Hans is a real character!

See the video:

March 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm 1 comment

Book Review: Do It Anyway

Courtney E. Martin spoke at TEDWomen about a generation overwhelmed by their mission to change the world.  Her new book, Do It Anyway, offers the stories of eight young people who find a way to make a difference in spite of their bewilderment.  From Rachel, who stood in front of bulldozers in Gaza, to Rosario, the Hollywood actress who struggles to choose the best way to use her celebrity to help others, these young men and women aren’t perfect, but they’re trying.

Learn more:

December 18, 2010 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

TEDWomen, In Their Own Words

Some of the speakers and other attendees at TEDWomen also blogged about their experiences there – check them out for a different perspective:

Christy Turlington Burns:

Liza Donnelly:

Liza on being interviewed by Christy:

A succinct list of highlights from Amanda Rose:

An excellent writeup from the Washington Post:

December 11, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

TEDWomen Recap

There were so many noteworthy talks, and not nearly enough time to blog them all.  They weren’t kidding about TEDWomen being an “immersive experience.”  I’ll continue to write posts about the speakers I’ve missed, and add links to the videos so you can see them for yourself.  In the meantime, my closing TEDWomen thought is that as world-changing as the speeches were, my favorite memories are of “unofficial” moments:

– Talking yoga with supermodel-author-maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns

–  Debating bitchiness in the workplace with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Hanna Rosin of Slate

– Swapping relationship advice with tennis star Liezel Huber

– Analyzing my amateur comic strip-drawing career with New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly

– Bonding with my “TED besties” Hanna and Heather

Enjoy the posts, enjoy the videos, and if TED comes to your town… go!

December 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm 2 comments

Kiran Bedi: “From a Prison to an Ashram”

Kiran Bedi was one of India’s top cops and was voted the most trusted person in the country.  In telling her story, she said that she, “didn’t mean to be different from the men, but it was different because I was different.”  She made a name as a proponent of tough, equal policing when she famously gave the Prime Minister a parking ticket!  To keep her from giving citations to any more VIPs, she was assigned to a prison: 10,000 prisoners, of which 600 were women and 9,400 were men.

On the first day of work, she said, “I asked them if they wanted to pray, and they said yes.  So I prayed for them, and things started to change.”  She started a mandatory prisoner education program with no budget, using prisoner volunteers as teachers.  She instituted meditation practice and a suggestion box and turned the facility “from a prison to an ashram.”

For more on Kiran Bedi:

December 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Rachael Ray: “You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life”

Over lunch, Rachael Ray described her experience of how food brings families together, and enables the moments of humor, fun, and connection that make a life rich.  She also told us that “everything I need to know I learned as a waitress”: Serve others with a smile.  Work hard and take pride in a job well-done.  Give people what they need and not what you think they should have.

She also described her efforts to educate kids about nutrition and good food, Yum-O!

For more on Rachael Ray:

For more on Yum-O!:

December 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Surprise Guest: Hillary Clinton!

Between talks, the TED hosts announced a surprise guest: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!  Sec. Clinton said that “the rights and roles of women and girls are a central tenet of American foreign policy.”  Women’s rights, she noted, are “not just a moral or humanitarian or fairness issue.  It’s a security and prosperity and peace issue… in the vital interest of the United States of America.”

She also took a moment to share her sadness at the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, praising her “fierce intelligence, passion, and sense of purpose.”

To read the text of Sec. Clinton’s speech:

December 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

TEDWomen “Composers “

This morning’s session featured women who are breaking new ground in science and technology:

– Deborah Rhodes, who has developed a technology for better mammograms
– Kate Orff, who is restoring New York City’s Gowanus Canal using “Oystertecture”
– Amber Case, who uses “cyborg anthropology” to show us that “machines help us be more human”
– MIT roboticist Cynthia Brazeal and her protogee Heather Knight, who are turning robots into “social technology”
– Fiona Eberts, who is bringing better nutrition to Africa through a “Miracle Tree” that really does work miracles
– Annet Namayanja, a Ugandan agricultural scientist who breeds better beans

December 8, 2010 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

TEDWomen Session Summaries

Check out the TEDWomen website for photos and additional info on each talk:

December 8, 2010 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Arianna Huffington: “We are going to sleep our way to the top”

And she meant it, quite literally.  “The essence of leadership,” she said, “is being able to see the iceberg before it hits the Titanic” – something that people can’t do when sleep-deprived.  She learned the value of sleep for herself when she fainted of exhaustion at her desk, sending her to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and needing stitches.

She urged us all to discover the power of sleep: “What can you do to maintain your inspiration every day?… If you want to have a more productive, inspired, and joyful life, get more sleep!”

December 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

Mona Eltahawy: Audacious, Pugnacious, Hilarious

“I’m a Muslim, I’m a feminist, and I’m here to confuse you,” said Mona Eltahawy. She began by describing Islam’s “kick-ass women role models” and went on to announce her mission to “fight lazy stereotypes and misogyny.” Religious orthodoxy of all kinds, she noted, “is much kinder to men than women.” Assertive, funny, and full of contradictions (and with a self confessed weakness for younger men), Mona won’t let you get away with putting Muslim women in a box.

For more on Mona Eltahawy:

December 7, 2010 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Halla Tomasdottir: Making Money with “Feminine Values”

Halla Tomasdottir and her business partner decided to start a financial services firm based on “feminine values,” Audur Capital, in Iceland in 2007.  Amazingly, she says that the firm and its investors took no equity losses during the recent financial storm in Iceland.  She attributes this investment savvy to four values:

– Risk Awareness – “don’t invest in things we don’t understand”

– Straight Talking – talk about potential downsides and upsides

– Emotional Capital – conduct “emotional due diligence”: “Whether the corporate culture is a liability or an asset”

– Profit with Principles: take a long-term view that includes positive social an economic outcomes

Most important, she says, is “embracing the beauty of balance.”  “It’s not about women being better than men, it’s about being different… we are not the same and it’s great.”  She emphasized the importance of diversity to reduce herd behavior: “sameness leads to disastrous problems.”

Her financial predictions:

1. “There is an incredible urge to rebuild the [institutions] that failed us” and prompted the current economic recession; we must do things differently if we want to avoid the mistakes of the past

2. The “most interesting investment opportunities” are arising at the intersection of women and sustainability.

For more on Halla Tomasdottir and Audur Capital:

December 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “A Victor of Circumstances”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, is known as the “Iron Lady of Africa.”  She spoke of the need to balance toughness and sensitivity and opined that being a woman helped her strike that balance of scary and grandmotherly.

She also commented that she would not have accomplished as much as she has done if she had been a man.  “To go through all I’ve been through… and being a woman, it really set me apart.  You could call me a victor of circumstances.”

December 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm 1 comment

Ted Turner: A Radical Recommendation

The next speaker, Ted Turner, is also no stranger to controversy.  In typical no-holds-barred style, Ted made a radical recommendation for getting rid of war: “Let women run the planet for the next 100 years”.

He says:

“If only women could serve in public office for 100 years, we would very quickly have a society that wasn’t buying aircraft carriers and submarines and instead was putting money toward health and education.  We’d have a safer, better society in short order.”

Another bold prediction: “We will get rid of nuclear weapons in my lifetime.”

Finally, he drew a big laugh from the crowd in addressing his views of men vs. women: “I’m kinda pro-people… I am one.”

For more on Ted Turner:

December 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

Hanna Rosin: “Men are the new ball and chain”

Hanna Rosin knows how to court controversy.  She is most (in)famous for her article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled “The End of Men.”  In her TED Talk, she pointed out that women are getting college degrees and Ph.D.s at a faster rate than men, that across America young women are outearning young men, and that the female college students in she interviewed in Kansas envisioned their own future roles as breadwinners with stay-at-home husbands (the source of the “ball-and-chain” comment).  In a nutshell, she says, “the global economy is shifting to make women more successful.”  And, she notes, changes this profound “don’t happen without pain.”

Hanna challenged the crowd to envision not a “glass ceiling” to be shattered but a “high bridge” – scary, but a place where we can all go together.  Men and women.  Doesn’t seem so controversial after all.

More on Hanna Rosin:

December 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm 4 comments

TEDWomen: NMWA Tour


First up: a private tour of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  The highlight was a retrospective of the work of Lois Mailou Jones, an African-American artist whose striking works feature African and Haiti-inspired themes.

For more info on NMWA:

For more info on Lois Mailou Jones:

December 7, 2010 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Countdown to TEDWomen

The first-ever TEDWomen is less than a week away! Stay tuned for live updates from the event, which features a star-studded lineup of speakers including:

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
Ted Turner
Sheryl Sandberg of Google
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate
Donna Karan
Madeleine Albright

For more information on conference speakers:

December 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm 1 comment

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