Being a woman these days can be pretty tough. You want to build a strong career, but you may also want to be a mom. Balancing the two—not to mention juggling exercise, hobbies and fun—can be a massive challenge. On top of all that, our best never seems like quite enough. We replay our days and weeks in our minds again and again, thinking about what we could have done better, or what we should have said instead of what we did, or how we could have better spent our time. It’s exhausting!
Today’s page in the Women Who Do Too Much Page-A-Day® Calendar captures that exact train of thought: “Insane thoughts of busy women: I firmly believe that everything I do, I should do better than everyone thought I could.”
Of course, we should always strive to do things the best we can, but we also have to cut ourselves some slack and remember to have some fun. When you’re caught up in hectic schedules and regrets, a little inspiration can go a long way—especially when it comes from other admirable women. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an international group of conferences with a bevy of speakers on “ideas worth spreading.” The largest TED conference takes place in California annually.
Here are a few of our favorite TED talks by women, and about women:
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Can we? Should we? Many women ask themselves this question a lot, with only muddled answers in response. Perhaps we can, posits Slaughter, a public policy expert, if we change the systems in which we operate. Could women—and really all of us—have a better work-family balance if we adjusted the way we work, public policies and societal norms?
Did you know more women are graduating from college than men? Recent data demonstrates that women are surpassing men in several important metrics. While there’s still some work to be done in leveling the playing field between the sexes, there are positive signs to keep us motivated.
While women may be outperforming men in some areas, there’s still a glaring dearth of female leaders out there. Why is it that so many of the CEOs of corporations and political leaders of nations are men? The COO of Facebook tackles the question, and gives some good advice, too.
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Feeling the femme power? Continue the inspiration fest with NPR’s American Chronicles: Women’s Equality, which explores the history of the American women’s movement.