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5 Inspiring call-to-action TED talks by women for women

One of the younger Wichi women in the community

Welcome to week two of Women’s History month at Cloudhead. This week, I’d like to share with you some incredibly inspirational TED talks by women. Women from all over the world talking about what affects women and what inspires us to action.

I am proud of the work we do at Cloudhead, but sometimes, it’s hard to see the proverbial forest for the wood. Sometimes, it feels like the little things we do every day simply are not enough. These talks show that while the road to change isn’t always clear,  small actions can lead to more than you can imagine. Sheryl WuDunn, for example, describes how the donation of one goat lead to education and economic development in one community.

What also becomes clear as I watched these talks? Women and men must work together if we are going to see real and lasting change. Kavita Ramdas describes  how women  use their understanding of traditional values and customs — some of which relegate women to the status of the lesser — to enlist men in helping and advocating for women’s causes.

But if you listen to what Isabel Allende has to say, it starts with us. With women.

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

I learned that I did not have to trade a part of my body to get an education

Kavita Ramdas: Radical women, embracing tradition

Why is it that women are viciously attacked by the cultures in which they live and yet are also the preservers of culture?

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

Women working together can bring peace to this forsaken planet.

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. The numbers tell the story quite clearly.

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century’s greatest injustice

What’s in it for you? Why should you care? Once you have all your material needs, research shows, there are few things in life that can elevate your level of happiness. One is contributing to a cause large then yourself. Second. With great fortune comes great responsibility. How do we discharge that responsibility? Feel happier and help save the world.

Feeling inspired? Want to help us in some small way that can lead to extraordinary change? You can purchase photos and gifts from our Cloudhead Artshop. All profits from these photos, all taken by children in a small indigenous village in NW Argentina, go directly to support the children who took the photos and their communities by developing gardens and clean water sources. Or find out more about volunteering with us at Cloudhead.


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yes , but I would argue culture is not something subject to being "preserved", and by no means by a "gender". Careful with cultural constructs and how they are used to produce discourse about alterity and gender categories!


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