These are some of our favorite TED talks chosen by our 2018-2019 team of students. Up next is Nicole, a senior at Allendale Columbia School.
I chose Tracee Ellis Ross’s TED talk called “A Woman’s Fury Holds Lifetimes Of Wisdom” which is about how being a woman can also mean being mistreated in ways that people might not necessarily recognize. She opens with a story of her friend being treated like an object after a man “moves her” because she was blocking something he needed at the post office. She talks about the trickling effects of a sexist system put in place a hundred years ago and elaborates further on the way women sometimes look for ways that situations, like the one in the post office, might be their fault. I chose this talk because it seemed very relevant with the times, especially since more and more women are speaking out about mistreatment through movements like #MeToo. As a high school student, hearing about all the ways women have been treated as less than men in colleges and in the workplace, awareness on the topic is very close to me since my life is just about to start. Ross’s talk captures the attention of all viewers, men, and women, with her direct and strong statement that enough is enough.