TED Talks are everywhere in our day + age. Our professors show them, our friends share them on Facebook + our parents probably even watch them. Our generation gains powerful inspiration, knowledge + a better understanding of the world in 18 minutes or less. Some universities have even started TEDx organizations that host local speakers on their campuses. TED talks are empowering in themselves, but there are a few that stick out + remind me of CHAARG [our mission, women empowerment ++ self-love].
1] MEET THE FIRST WOMEN TO FIGHT ON THE FRONT LINES OF AN AMERICAN WAR [GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON]
If learning about the first group of women able to fight for our country isn’t empowering, I’m not sure what is – this “band of sisters” were the first females to ever fight for our country. #GIRLBOSSES. This TED Talk introduces the incredible women warriors protecting our country. It’s a must watch that will make you feel empowered to be a woman who can now fight on the front lines equally alongside men. // CHECK IT OUT HERE.
2] CAN WE ALL “HAVE IT ALL?” [ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER]
Anne-Marie Slaughter, an advocate for male // female equality straight from Washington D.C. dives into the question, “Can we all *have it all*?” She speaks about her views on how culture in the workplace, social aspects + legal policies can change to not only help women become equal to males, but for us all to be equal as a whole. // CHECK IT OUT HERE.
3] UNLOCK THE PASSION + GREATNESS OF GIRLS [LEYMAH GBOWEE]
There are a lot of women in the world who are incredibly ambitious, forward-thinking + self-motivated like all of our CHAARGies, but there is something missing in their lives – the ability to make their passions + dreams come to life. Leymah tells several stories of young women who have a strong desire for an education, but cannot attend school based on their geographical location, financial status + culture. In our country + many other developed nations we have the opportunity to be educated, which in return helps us to make our dreams a reality, but in small less developed nations they are not as fortunate. This TED Talk is very powerful + truly speaks for what CHAARG is trying to do – unlock the greatness of girls + motivate them to be the best version of themselves. // CHECK IT OUT HERE.
4] WHY WE HAVE TOO FEW WOMEN LEADERS [SHERYL SANDBERG]
“We’re lucky.” Sheryl Sandberg Facebook’s COO, speaks about the percentage of women at the top of their fields – the percentages are 20% + below. She aims to change these numbers + shares three motivating pieces of advice for what we can do as individuals to change these numbers.
#1] Sit At The Table — No one gets to the corner office from sitting in the corner of the room. Reach for as many opportunities as you can.
#2] Make Your Partner A Real Partner – Equality in the home setting is just as important as in the work force.
#3] Don’t Leave Before You Leave – Women are busy, it’s in our nature, but before you start letting life pull you back from seeking opportunities remember to keep your foot on the gas pedal until the day you leave. // CHECK IT OUT HERE.
5] EMBRACE YOUR INNER GIRL [EVE ENSLER]
There is inner strength to being a girl, though we may have been taught at a young age acting, throwing, or fighting *like a girl* has negative connotation. This video explains several stories of how girls around the world have overcome huge obstacles that display their overwhelming sense of strength of embracing their inner girl. // CHECK IT OUT HERE.
Women’s empowerment comes in many forms — from being a part of an incredibly motivating + inspiring organization, such as CHAARG, to something as small as watching an 18 minute video. Some college-aged women have yet to be liberated from the elliptical ; ) + most importantly — have not found this community to support + motivate them to become the happiest, healthiest + best version of themselves. We aim to change that — every college-aged girl in our nation should have the opportunity to feel empowered + liberated by an organization that is SO much more than *working out.*
+ Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG
+ Photography // Kaitlyn Bowman [@kaitb_inchaarg]