By Lauren Herman
The second sold out Salon event of TEDxSacramento 2014/2015 season, “This Changes Everything: WOMEN,” welcomed our community to the Crocker Art Museum on December 12, 2014. It was an afternoon of speakers and presentations contributing to the discussion around women daring enough to dream, daring enough to reimagine the way things are, and hopefully change the way we see things.
During TEDxSacramento’s six-year history, women and men have graced the stage to discuss how women contribute to our society and the world. During this event, speakers added to our knowledge of women’s role in natural history, the film industry, human rights, and comic books.
Emily Graslie brought humor and excitement around the field of natural history while discussing her journey as a female vlogger and first-ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago.
Researcher and human rights activist Amy Logan shared her transformative experiences of researching honor killing to influence how we and the world understand domestic violence.
Filmmaker Sarah Menzies shared the story behind her documentary, Afghan Cycles, which documented a group of female cyclists in Afghanistan, ultimately challenging how we perceive women in the developing world as change makers rather than victims.
From the perspective of a husband, brother, son, and father, John Marcotte brought to the stage the story of how his daughters inspired the creation of Heroic Girls, "an organization dedicated to empowering girls by advocating for strong role models in alternative media — particularly comics."
These amazing individuals are only a small sample of the diverse perspectives and experiences that TEDxSacamento is proud to bring the Sacramento community at its events. We hope to see you at the next TEDxSacramento event in 2015! Who knows what amazing speakers and stories we will hear from next?
Thank you to the following individuals for their performances at the "This Changes Everything: WOMEN" event: Century Got Bars, Emily Graslie, Amy Logan, John Marcotte, Sarah Menzies, and Parie Wood. The following TEDTalks were also featured: "Be an opportunity maker" by Kare Anderson, "If I should have a daughter..." by Sarah Kay, "Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you" by Meaghan Ramsey, and "Why we have too few women leaders" by Sheryl Sandberg.