TEDxWomen Part 2 - Relationships
This is the second part of a four-part series covering the TEDxWomen conference held in New York City and Los Angeles on December 1st. For more information on TEDxWomen and Part 1, see TEDxWomen Part 1 - Resilience.
Relationships - The ties that bind us—to each other, to our communities, and to our most important institutions
Tan Le - Tech Entrepreneur and business executive.
On challenges her mother told her, "Just do it & don't be what you're not." you need a lot of crazy ideas to get a few brilliant ones.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom - filmmaker, actress, spokesperson and advocate.
Jennifer wrote, directed and produced the documentary film Miss Representation, which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. From movie - The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. The media is sending dangerous messages to young people. Women are brought up to be fundamentally insecure. How do we change it? Women must write their own stories. The media can be an instrument of change. It depends on who is piloting the plane.
When her daughter was born she was told how beautiful she was. When her son was born he got gifts that said future president of the United States. Most costumes for girls have to do with sexuality and for boys with power. Gender roles are so normalized that we are desensitized to them. Media is the most powerful cultural messenger of all. Reality TV has made it worse. Kids are especially vulnerable. Children's brains aren't fully formed until early 20s.
"Media is killing our daughters ambition and destroying empathy in our sons. Most of what you watch speak and hear comes from the male perspective. Let’s demand a media that uplifts us all. It is up to us. But it requires action and it requires it now. Each of us has the capacity to represent change."
Matt Peterson - President and CEO of Global Green.Continued on the next page