Session Five flips the overall TEDWomen theme of “Bridges” onto its head by examining situations where bridges must be burned or torn down rather than built. After a musical introduction of “Strange Fruit,” the famous song about lynchings of Black Americans in the South, Gretchen Carlson delivered a powerful, gut wrenching speech about sexual assault, including her own history of being victimized, and the need to make the world safer for victims. Tribal attorney Tara Houska then discussed her life fighting for the rights of Native American communities. Mwende “FreeQuency” Katiwa used both poetry and speech to explore society’s mistreatment of Black mothers and children. These were just a few of the amazing and informative speeches delivered at this powerful session.

Key Takeaways:

  • Teaming up with people in an ally way and challenging strict arbitration clauses can help establish safer working conditions.
  • Men need to own up to their actions, support women and champion them when it is warranted.
  • Challenging smaller incidents of hate is just as important as challenging hate in larger issues.

“the untold, shocking truth about women and sexual harassment: Women want to work in a safe, welcoming and harassment-free environment”

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