The global challenge that I want to talk to you about today rarely makes the front pages. It, however, is enormous in both scale and importance. Look, you all are very well traveled; this is TEDGlobal after all. But I do hope to take you to some places you’ve never been to before. So, let’s start off in China. This photo was taken two weeks ago. Actually, one indication is that little boy on my husband’s shoulders has just graduated from high school. (Laughter) But this is Tiananmen Square. Many of you have been there. It’s not the real China. Let me take you to the real China. This is in the Dabian Mountains in the remote part of Hubei province in central China. Dai Manju is 13 years old at the time the story starts. She lives with her parents, her two brothers and her great-aunt. They have a hut that has no electricity, no running water, no wristwatch, no bicycle. And they share this great splendor with a very large pig. Dai Manju was in sixth grade when her parents said, “We’re going to pull you out of school because the 13-dollar school fees are too much for us. You’re going to be spending the rest of your life in the rice paddies. Why would we waste this money on you?” This is what happens to girls in remote areas. Turns out that Dai Manju was the best pupil in her grade. She still made the two-hour trek to the schoolhouse and tried to catch every little bit of information that seeped out of the doors. We wrote about her in The New York Times. We got a flood of donations — mostly 13-dollar checks because New York Times readers are very generous in tiny amounts (Laughter) but then, we got a money transfer for $10,000 — really nice guy. We turned the money over to that man there, the principal of the school. He was delighted. He thought, “Oh, I can renovate the school. I can give scholarships to all the girls, you know, if they work hard and stay in school. So Dai Manju basically finished out middle school. She went to high school. She went to vocational school for accounting. She scouted for jobs down in Guangdong province in the south. She found a job, she scouted for jobs for her classmates and her friends. She sent money back to her family. They built a new house, this time with running water, electricity, a bicycle, no pig. What we saw was a natural experiment. It is rare to get an exogenous investment in girls’ education. And over the years, as we followed Dai Manju, we were able to see that she was able to move out of a vicious cycle and into a virtuous cycle. She not only changed her own dynamic, she changed her household, she changed her family, her village. The village became a real standout. Of course, most of China was flourishing at the time, but they were able to get a road built to link them up to the rest of China. And that brings me to my first major of two tenets of “Half the Sky.” And that is that the central moral challenge of this century is gender inequity. In the 19th century, it was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. The cause of our time is the brutality that so many people face around the world because of their gender. So some of you may be thinking, “Gosh, that’s hyperbole. She’s exaggerating.” Well, let me ask you this question. How many of you think there are more males or more females in the world? Let me take a poll. How many of you think there are more males in the world? Hands up, please. How many of you think — a few — how many of you there are more females in the world? Okay, most of you. Well, you know this latter group, you’re wrong. There are, true enough, in Europe and the West, when women and men have equal access to food and health care, there are more women, we live longer. But in most of the rest of the world, that’s not the case. In fact, demographers have shown that there are anywhere between 60 million and 100 million missing females in the current population. And, you know, it happens for several reasons. For instance, in the last half-century, more girls were discriminated to death than all the people killed on all the battlefields in the 20th century. Sometimes it’s also because of the sonogram. Girls get aborted before they’re even born when there are scarce resources. This girl here, for instance, is in a feeding center in Ethiopia. The entire center was filled with girls like her. What’s remarkable is that her brothers, in the same family, were totally fine. In India, in the first year of life, from zero to one, boy and girl babies basically survive at the same rate because they depend upon the breast, and the breast shows no son preference. From one to five, girls die at a 50 percent higher mortality rate than boys, in all of India. The second tenet of “Half the Sky” is that, let’s put aside the morality of all the right and wrong of it all, and just on a purely practical level, we think that one of the best ways to fight poverty and to fight terrorism is to educate girls and to bring women into the formal labor force. Poverty, for instance. There are three reasons why this is the case. For one, overpopulation is one of the persistent causes of poverty. And you know, when you educate a boy, his family tends to have fewer kids, but only slightly. When you educate a girl, she tends to have significantly fewer kids. The second reason is it has to do with spending. It’s kind of like the dirty, little secret of poverty, which is that, not only do poor people take in very little income, but also, the income that they take in, they don’t spend it very wisely, and unfortunately, most of that spending is done by men. So research has shown, if you look at people who live under two dollars a day — one metric of poverty — two percent of that take-home pay goes to this basket here, in education. 20 percent goes to a basket that is a combination of alcohol, tobacco, sugary drinks — and prostitution and festivals. If you just take four percentage points and put it into this basket, you would have a transformative effect. The last reason has to do with women being part of the solution, not the problem. You need to use scarce resources. It’s a waste of resources if you don’t use someone like Dai Manju. Bill Gates put it very well when he was traveling through Saudi Arabia. He was speaking to an audience much like yourselves. However, two-thirds of the way there was a barrier. On this side was men, and then the barrier, and this side was women. And someone from this side of the room got up and said, “Mr. Gates, we have here as our goal in Saudi Arabia to be one of the top 10 countries when it comes to technology. Do you think we’ll make it?” So Bill Gates, as he was staring out at the audience, he said, “If you’re not fully utilizing half the resources in your country, there is no way you will get anywhere near the top 10.” So here is Bill of Arabia. (Laughter) So what would some of the specific challenges look like? I would say, on the top of the agenda is sex trafficking. And I’ll just say two things about this. The slavery at the peak of the slave trade in the 1780s: there were about 80,000 slaves transported from Africa to the New World. Now, modern slavery: according to State Department rough statistics, there are about 800,000 — 10 times the number — that are trafficked across international borders. And that does not even include those that are trafficked within country borders, which is a substantial portion. And if you look at another factor, another contrast, a slave back then is worth about $40,000 in today’s money. Today, you can buy a girl trafficked for a few hundred dollars, which means she’s actually more disposable. But you know, there is progress being made in places like Cambodia and Thailand. We don’t have to expect a world where girls are bought and sold or killed. The second item on the agenda is maternal mortality. You know, childbirth in this part of the world is a wonderful event. In Niger, one in seven women can expect to die during childbirth. Around the world, one woman dies every minute and a half from childbirth. You know, it’s not as though we don’t have the technological solution, but these women have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are rural and they are female. You know, for every woman who does die, there are 20 who survive but end up with an injury. And the most devastating injury is obstetric fistula. It’s a tearing during obstructed labor that leaves a woman incontinent. Let me tell you about Mahabuba. She lives in Ethiopia. She was married against her will at age 13. She got pregnant, ran to the bush to have the baby, but you know, her body was very immature, and she ended up having obstructed labor. The baby died, and she ended up with a fistula. So that meant she was incontinent; she couldn’t control her wastes. In a word, she stank. The villagers thought she was cursed; they didn’t know what to do with her. So finally, they put her at the edge of the village in a hut. They ripped off the door so that the hyenas would get her at night. That night, there was a stick in the hut. She fought off the hyenas with that stick. And the next morning, she knew if she could get to a nearby village where there was a foreign missionary, she would be saved. Because she had some damage to her nerves, she crawled all the way — 30 miles — to that doorstep, half dead. The foreign missionary opened the door, knew exactly what had happened, took her to a nearby fistula hospital in Addis Ababa, and she was repaired with a 350-dollar operation. The doctors and nurses there noticed that she was not only a survivor, she was really clever, and they made her a nurse. So now, Mahabuba, she is saving the lives of hundreds, thousands, of women. She has become part of the solution, not the problem. She’s moved out of a vicious cycle and into a virtuous cycle. I’ve talked about some of the challenges, let me talk about some of the solutions, and there are predictable solutions. I’ve hinted at them: education and also economic opportunity. So of course, when you educate a girl, she tends to get married later on in life, she tends to have kids later on in life, she tends to have fewer kids, and those kids that she does have, she educates them in a more enlightened fashion. With economic opportunity, it can be transformative. Let me tell you about Saima. She lives in a small village outside Lahore, Pakistan. And at the time, she was miserable. She was beaten every single day by her husband, who was unemployed. He was kind of a gambler type — and unemployable, therefore — and took his frustrations out on her. Well, when she had her second daughter, her mother in-law told her son, “I think you’d better get a second wife. Saima’s not going to produce you a son.” This is when she had her second daughter. At the time, there was a microlending group in the village that gave her a 65-dollar loan. Saima took that money, and she started an embroidery business. The merchants liked her embroidery; it sold very well, and they kept asking for more. And when she couldn’t produce enough, she hired other women in the village. Pretty soon she had 30 women in the village working for her embroidery business. And then, when she had to transport all of the embroidery goods from the village to the marketplace, she needed someone to help her do the transport, so she hired her husband. So now they’re in it together. He does the transportation and distribution, and she does the production and sourcing. And now they have a third daughter, and the daughters, all of them, are being tutored in education because Saima knows what’s really important. Which brings me to the final element, which is education. Larry Summers, when he was chief economist at the World Bank, once said that, “It may well be that the highest return on investment in the developing world is in girls’ education.” Let me tell you about Beatrice Biira. Beatrice was living in Uganda near the Congo border, and like Dai Manju, she didn’t go to school. Actually, she had never been to school, not to a lick, one day. Her parents, again, said, “Why should we spend the money on her? She’s going to spend most of her life lugging water back and forth.” Well, it just so happens, at that time, there was a group in Connecticut called the Niantic Community Church Group in Connecticut. They made a donation to an organization based in Arkansas called Heifer International. Heifer sent two goats to Africa. One of them ended up with Beatrice’s parents, and that goat had twins. The twins started producing milk. They sold the milk for cash. The cash started accumulating, and pretty soon the parents said, “You know, we’ve got enough money. Let’s send Beatrice to school.” So at nine years of age, Beatrice started in first grade — after all, she’d never been to a lick of school — with a six year-old. No matter, she was just delighted to be in school. She rocketed to the top of her class. She stayed at the top of her class through elementary school, middle school, and then in high school, she scored brilliantly on the national examinations so that she became the first person in her village, ever, to come to the United States on scholarship. Two years ago, she graduated from Connecticut College. On the day of her graduation, she said, “I am the luckiest girl alive because of a goat.” (Laughter) And that goat was $120. So you see how transformative little bits of help can be. But I want to give you a reality check. Look: U.S. aid, helping people is not easy, and there have been books that have criticized U.S. aid. There’s Bill Easterly’s book. There’s a book called “Dead Aid.” You know, the criticism is fair; it isn’t easy. You know, people say how half of all water well projects, a year later, are failed. When I was in Zimbabwe, we were touring a place with the village chief — he wanted to raise money for a secondary school — and there was some construction a few yards away, and I said, “What’s that?” He sort of mumbled. Turns out that it’s a failed irrigation project. A few yards away was a failed chicken coop. One year, all the chickens died, and no one wanted to put the chickens in there. It’s true, but we think that you don’t through the baby out with the bathwater; you actually improve. You learn from your mistakes, and you continuously improve. We also think that individuals can make a difference, and they should, because individuals, together, we can all help create a movement. And a movement of men and women is what’s needed to bring about social change, change that will address this great moral challenge. So then, I ask, what’s in it for you? You’re probably asking that. Why should you care? I will just leave you with two things. One is that research shows that once you have all of your material needs taken care of — which most of us, all of us, here in this room do — research shows that there are very few things in life that can actually elevate your level of happiness. One of those things is contributing to a cause larger than yourself. And the second thing, it’s an anecdote that I’ll leave you with. And that is the story of an aid worker in Darfur. Here was a woman who had worked in Darfur, seeing things that no human being should see. Throughout her time there, she was strong, she was steadfast. She never broke down. And then she came back to the United States and was on break, Christmas break. She was in her grandmother’s backyard, and she saw something that made her break down in tears. What that was was a bird feeder. And she realized that she had the great fortune to be born in a country where we take security for granted, where we not only can feed, clothe and house ourselves, but also provide for wild birds so they don’t go hungry in the winter. And she realized that with that great fortune comes great responsibility. And so, like her, you, me, we have all won the lottery of life. And so the question becomes: how do we discharge that responsibility? So, here’s the cause. Join the movement. Feel happier and help save the world. Thank you very much. (Applause)

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  1. You just complained that they transitioned without making a point, yet you didn't mention one specific point that was misleading.

  2. And there starts the hellish discussion and the hate. When somebody thinks that its group is more worthy somehow than the others.
    Girl well-being is followed in the US because it was lower. I dont know whats the case now, but men also have the chance to just live beacuse they are fed. I saw a show about a fat guy who never worked because of his fatness, so gets money from the government. Lives in fair conditions and has the money to play an adult-baby and hire a woman to play his nurse.

  3. And until you are raised by your family and society to fight as a freedom fighter/terrorist and die by age 16 you have no right to say that women have the short end of the stick.

    Both genders have members in it that are mistreated and have issues, but society seems to undermine the situation of males. Many times when people say that in country X girls can't do Y, they fail to mention that most boys can't either and are treated just as badly.

  4. Feminists claim that, and many people who use the term do in fact believe it, but looking at feminists groups and feminist lobbying it couldn't be further from the truth.

    1) Despite even DV statistics by gender, adverts only show male abusers and money only goes to female victims

    2) Male University graduates are now less than the number of female graduates (as %) when people were complaining that it was unfair to women

    3) divorce laws biased massively against men

  5. 4) Monetary funding in almost all western countries for healthcare is such that women get significantly more. For example, US has and, but no male equivalents whatsoever.

    5) Affirmative action to promote women to go into certain fields while there are none for female dominated fields (for example, education, nursing).

    6) biased laws against males in divorce that feminist groups counter lobby when people want to remove

    To sum it. Judge by what they do, not say.

  6. tadah. i have lived in some of those countires. Israel. Syria. Jordan. Pakistan. Indonesia. for every boy who is killed, a girl is strapped down and raped continuously until she dies.
    boys are forced to kill and murder and grow up to quick. the violent culture forces them to become criminals to protect themselves, and they have the right to become something more than a sex slave. i can't say that girls have the same luxury.

  7. they do have the same rights? wtf are you talking about? at least in America they do! they run the males in America! we've given them too many rights!

  8. not woman rights..!!! Human rights is a better term ,and in that way we became equals..!!!!(almost..)…i still don't think a woman can beat Mike Tyson in the ring..!!!!!

  9. 2 girls from 2 billion in the developing world made it ………emotional manipulation……look at the facts and it's not that good …with 56 billions in foreign aid from USA only a year,i think we can make more girls in this country make it …
    …Just a thought..!!
    And another thing…..i can give you 1000 examples of boys ….in developing world …starting with only a penny, that made it big, without help from anybody….but no one talks about it..!!!!!!!

  10. "What's a "peer review study" ?"

    That's your problem in a nut shell. You don't understand how to source material and believe anything fed to you by a snake oil salesman.

  11. Yes millions are suffering in Spain because of feminists horrible laws so lets not change the laws lets do a study.
    This isn't science and doesn't require a study to tell us to stop being hate filled bigots
    When people like you ask for a peer reviewed study as an excuse to ignore evidence it hurts those of us who would demand it to global warming deniers when it is necessary to present evidence. .

  12. Imagine if you will that in 1941 the American government decided they weren't going to do anything about Germany and Japan until a 10 year long study was done to show it was necessary.
    The suffering in Spain that was caused by feminist making bigoted laws need to stop now.

  13. Wow you're the one who has video evidence thrown in their face that shows people acting in exact opposition to how you think they act.
    Than you ask for a study to be done when it's not necessary except as a way to ignore video evidence and you're calling him stupid?

  14. It's really important to see that being pro-women does not have to be anti-men. On the flip side, Movember is about men's health but women engage in fundraising activity for it.

    1) Men should receive support if they are domestic violence victims. That does not mean that women shouldn't.

    2) Even though there is a greater % of female graduates (in the developed world, they have lower employment rates post university

    3) It's unclear what you mean hear – are you talking about child custody?

  15. In the sum of all your comments, I'm just really confused why gaining a better world is comparative for you (i.e. you must cut away any benefits for women so that men can have more benefits).

    I envisage a world where we tackle problems for the betterment of society as a whole. Sometimes, in the short term, there are inequalities of policy outcomes. But, riffing off the video, just because WuDunn is fighting for little girls to get an education doesn't mean little boys shouldn't get one too.

  16. The problem I see is people like WuDunn making a gender issue where there isn't really any. Yes, there are some Islamic countries (Afghanistan) where there is a significant difference between the number of poor boys and girls unable to receive education (though even there is usually at least 4-5 boys for every girl) These are countries where 12 year education is uncommon for everyone. In most 3rd world countries it's at worst 8.5-9 boys for every 10 girls. (all taken from UN education data).

  17. By framing this as girls being oppressed, and ignoring the fact that boys experience it almost as often, she is basically lying by omission.

    For an example on the issue with this. Males make up 80% of suicide victims and a higher percentage of the homeless. If programs were started that helped these male victims, but completely ignored and even downplayed and ignored the female ones, then would it be fine? What if I change this to white people and black people?

  18. 1) I never claimed they shouldn't. I claimed that feminist lobbies have made it so that men can't. Look up Erin Pizzey and what she suffered in trying to claim women commit DV. Same thing with rape, which is much closer if forced to penetrate is included (except it's not by most records)

    2) Choice of profession for graduate degree is important, and so are numerous other factors. This video: /watch?v=Cb_6v-JQ13Q covers the wage gap, but explains it nicely too.

    3) Yes, though there is more.

  19. More women than men attempt suicide, but fail because they choose less effective methods.

    Boys are oppressed in many scenarios around the world- No one is claiming otherwise. However, only 1 in 3 girls globally are enrolled in school. The same cannot be said for boys. 73% of the world's illiterate are female.

    And the suicide and homelessness rates are applicable to North America, aka "The West", but not to many other regions.

  20. So a woman attempting suicide by taking pills is less important than a man jumping off a bridge? That's the kind of opinion that keeps gender inequality alive. Attempting suicide is rarely about 'attention', and when it is it's important for us to respond to these cries for help.

    She is not claiming that only women are oppressed. Look at the scores of child soldiers being used throughout Africa for instance. But women are oppressed more often and more severely.

  21. And furthermore, comparing someone to a farm animal is childish. I understand how offensive it can feel to men to hear that only women are oppressed, as it is a false statement. But the oppression of women on a global scale is staggering. 50 women are raped every day in Kivu. There are an estimated 500,000 women missing in the world today. Look at the highway of tears, where Native Women were kidnapped, and many remain missing. Sex trafficking is 80% young women. Women make 30% less than men.

  22. There is a great Ted Talk by Jackson Katz about feminist men, and why it is important for men to going the fight for gender equality. He is a great speaker, and takes the unique perspective of a man fighting for women's rights- Which I think can be very effective in addressing the issues that you're having a problem with. So if you're interested in watching that I think that it might refresh your opinion in a comfortable way.

  23. I take sexism very seriously. I see it as one of the largest unwavering battles of the 21st century. It's necessary to look at sexism from an anthropological perspective- There is no judgement, on my part, no bias. Yes I think that attempted suicide is as serious as committed suicide- The intent is there in both scenarios, only one succeeds and one does not. They're both very serious.
    Child soldiers are used in many parts of the world, boys and girls.

  24. I do not agree with you in the slightest. I think your opinions are insulting. But I'm not about to throw names like 'sexist pig' around. Let's not act like children. We fundamentally disagree, I can live with that. But if you're interested in expanding your views and learning something new I highly recommend you watch Jackson Katz' ted talk on sexism and gendered violence.

  25. No one believes women were oppressed historically? Try every single historian and anthropologist. Not sure what your sources are, but hahaha that's ridiculous. Enjoy you're illusion, hope I see you in the real world one day.

  26. You better have a better source than a blog and the frequently incorrect Girl Writes What.
    You are saying something similar to "there is a Zionist conspiracy to genocide the Whites, just watch David Duke videos".

  27. "Women were never oppressed."
    You need to study history.
    "Women historically were never accorded significant respect – as women. They were as mothers"

  28. The problem is that these videos tend to portray only women as victims, which is counterproductive, since victims are always thought of as weak (and thus aren't *worthy* of jobs, education, etc). Paradoxically, I think focusing less on abuse and more simply on successful women would result in less abuse over the long term.
    The complaint isn't so much about "too many rights", rather the victimizing which is a result of gender roles in the first place.

  29. Like others on this page said, respect for women and oppression of women are definitely connected, but it's hard to solve them using the same tactics.

  30. I've read through all the posts but I feel that it's a solid youtube video. My younger brother just wishes to become incredible with ladies. He was taught alot from Master Attraction. (Google it if you want pretty good emails on picking up girls.) The help and advice relating to picking up girls through nightclubs in the emails coming from that website got got him his 1st sex in 3 long yrs. I became pissed though considering that I heard them all.

  31. The evidence is clear. Feminists want more rights. Any advocacy group, if given time and the opportunity to get 'more rights' will inevitably fall into such a mold.

    They can hide behind a definition all they want. Just like how they redefined racism so that whites can be racist. Just like how they redefined sexism so that only men can be sexist. And just like how they redefined rape so that only men can rape.

    A load of hypocritical shit.

  32. At 4:05, "In Europe and the West when women and men have equal access to food and health care, there are more women. We live longer." And this is not a problem? She suggests there are 60 to 100 million missing females in the world population, but if we look at the world population sex ratio, we see that there are 101 males to 100 females. At birth, it is 103 to 106 males per 100 females. By my calculations we are missing 34 to 85 million males from a population of 7 billion.

  33. There is some evidence than men are predisposed to lead shorter lives than women. In every country in the world, save one, men have shorter lives than women. Then there is the fact that men are more likely to die by war or violent crime and the fact that women generally value their own lives more than men.

    I think this statement she made about 'missing people' is simply rhetoric. It means nothing but when spoken, invokes great feelings.

    We should not dwell on this.

  34. I'm well aware that men live shorter lives. However, as a man, I'm not so predisposed to accept it. I know that more men die violently, but the rate of violent death has rapidly decreased, particularly in the West, and does not account for the vast majority of missing males. As for your assumption that "women generally value their own lives more than men," I find that to be truly sexist.

  35. Let me state for the record, I am definitely for education, whether for males or females. I do take issue with our methods of evaluation. Do we want to provide equal access or guarantee equal results? For example, males and females in the West have equal access to education and health care, but the outcomes are very different. Fewer females are in positions of power and males die significantly earlier. Why should this be a problem for one but not the other?

  36. Typical response. Can't rebut so resort to calling people stupid.

    You are a fucking dumbass

  37. Fewer females are in power because of differences in the proclivities of both of the sexes. Everything doesn't need to be 50/50 for the world to run smoothly. This obsession with 50/50 is just illogical. As long as the politicians represent the best interests of the people, it shouldn't matter whether government is 100% women, 100% men, or 100% transgender.

  38. Sometimes, generalizations are true. And most of times, there are exceptions. This doesn't need to be said because it has been talked about to death. But in general, women value their lives more than men.

    Consider that the 3D jobs are mostly occupied by men. They chose to take these jobs while women chose to pursue education and go for higher status jobs. Consider the rates of volunteering for the military. Consider that most men would metaphorically take a bullet for a woman.

  39. You are right.You are honestly a fucking dumb ass.

    Don't dwell on it or it will make you miserable.

  40. I've read through some of the responses. I think that that is a very good vid. My cousin simply wants to get powerful with gals. He began to understand a fuck load from Master Attraction. (Google it.) The recommendations on how to get women through nightclubs in those emails through that site got got him his first sexual encounters in a number of long years. I'm pissed however coz I heard them all. Nasty.

  41. I don't really understand what's going on for # 4 and 5. But for 6) More women in this world are abused by men then the other way around. Sex is a double standard for women. So I don't think there's a problem having a double standard for men.
    Now if I said that, it wouldn't be right. Before we can change this divorce problem, men need to stop treating women like wimpy little sex objects.

  42. I think it is oppression. Women couldn't have rights to property, rights to vote or rights to fight back an abusive husband. Women couldn't have jobs, they had to watch the kids and stay home. Now that doesn't sound so bad, but they basically couldn't earn anything themselves. They weren't given respect either. They were oppressed. Not as horrible as blacks were, but still didn't have the same freedom as white men back then. Not to mention slave black women were raped all the time too…

  43. My chubby uncle was able to make the best pole dancer there is in my town fall for him because he ran the Cupid Love System (Google it). I wish I was pleased for him but I wish a stunning individual would fall for me. I am totally jealous. Does that mean I’m a lousy person?

  44. TED what a fucking joke. Same show that promotes globalization and climate change. Worthless propaganda garbage. Wake up this is not truth

  45. It would be nice if these feminist would talk about helping everyone and not just one gender. But as the Amazing Atheist says "Feminism is the idea that we can make both sexes equal by focusing solely on the issues of one of them". I guess if you care about ALL People you call yourself a humanitarian.

  46. Women will NEVER consider themselves not oppressed. They never stop whining, even when they have food, shelter, electricity, and can walk around naked on a fucking beach.

  47. So…if there are more men than women in other countries that is terrible and wrong but if there are more women than men in western countries and women also live longer this is not a problem? That isn't equality.

  48. "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity For Women Worldwide" brought me here. Just watched it on Netflix. There were clips of this TED talk in it with Sheryl. Great investigative journalism on gender inequality in third world nations. Eye opening and perspective changing. Good stuff!

  49. "We have all won the lottery of life" by being born in America  17:45
    CRAP! it wasn't a lottery it was the ingenuity, strength and endurance of our European forefathers to build a paradise that just about the entire non Western world wants to live in. 

  50. TED starts to degrade itself!!!! This video changed my perception about TED talks!!! Her talks about some issues are totally false, she talks about the issue I know personally…. BIG LIES !!!!!!!!!

  51. The big elephant in the room and the underlying cause of many problems: religion!
    It sounds like the problem might be poverty, but that is not the case – poverty itself is also a manifestation of the same problem: religion!

  52. This women is clearly a feminist. Most of the things she said are correct but some were plain sexist. She says of a men is educated, the number of children he has will not change, but for an educated women it will. If the men is educated the number of children he has will decrease as much as in for the women because he will use contraceptives all sort of things.

  53. Great talk, very educational. To everyone who hates ted talks or this particular talk don't comment please. This is a great source of information and its very true. 

  54. You are wrong sheryl abt india.. Go to India, visit Indian schools or colleges or universities, you will find the highest ratio of students for girls.. Where I completed masters degree, ratio was 80:20.. So before delivering any information on such platform, consider the facts plz..

  55. You are wrong sheryl abt india.. Go to India, visit Indian schools or colleges or universities, you will find the highest ratio of students for girls.. Where I completed masters degree, ratio was 80:20.. So before delivering any information on such platform, consider the facts plz..

  56. I worked for educational groups for years. Yep, education is THE best tool for success & power that we can give to kids. ~~Btw u folks making negative comments because she focuses on women? You'd be embarrassed to tell ur daughter or Mother or wife that ur complaining because it recommends helping girls.*

  57. Until she shows the stats for the exact effect education aid has achieved in Africa, both good and bad, we can't be certain that those aren't just cherry-picked examples.

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