TEDxTeen speaker Tavi Gevinson (via Refinery29)
Refinery29 recently put a face to the future of feminism, honoring “17 thinkers, activists, and creatives taking up the mantle of women’s rights” right now.
We’re absolutely thrilled that 4 TEDx speakers have made the list (including one of our coworkers!). Below, 4 TEDx Talks on feminism for a new generation:
Contraception is not controversial: Melinda Gates at TEDxChange
Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? In her talk at TEDxChange, listmaker Melinda Gates talks about how ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having children is a crucial aspect to many of the world’s social change issues, and makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade.
Violence against women — it’s a men’s issue: Jackson Katz at TEDxFiDiWomen
Activist Jackson Katz made a splash with his TEDx talk challenging why domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues,” when, really, they are issues that affect us all — men included. In this bold, blunt talk, he breaks down this stigma and puts a call out for men to fight against conceptions of manhood that glorify sexual harassment, violence, and abuse, before asking everyone, men and women, to be leaders of change.
A teen just trying to figure it out: Tavi Gevinson at TEDxTeen
The talk that provided the very quotable “Just be Stevie Nicks,” Tavi Gevinson’s talk at TEDxTeen sheds light on how hard it can be to find strong, female role models in the media when you’re 15 and trying to figure yourself out. Faced with this problem, Tavi created Rookie, a web magazine for and by teen girls, where bright young thinkers can share the things they really want to talk about — conversations that put a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.
How I became a feminist: Jamia Wilson at TEDxYouth@Hewitt
We might be totally biased, but we at TEDx are super excited that Jamia made this list of feminist leaders, as we get to see her every day at work. Right now, Jamia is a storyteller for TED’s TED Prize, and in her talk at TEDxYouth@Hewitt she talks about her journey to becoming a feminist activist, overcoming assertions that she needed to be thinner, have lighter skin, and straighter hair to be a force in the media, and her work to make sure everyone realizes that womanhood — and feminism — doesn’t come in one type.