You’ve heard about TED Talks here and there, but where should you click? What should you watch first? We’ve got you covered with the best TED Talks for women and the best TED Talks for moms! Inspiration, laughter and tears are just a click — and a view — away!

TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED Conferences, annual four-day conferences where more than 50 speakers each take 18-minute slots to talk about science, business, the arts, technology and the global issues facing our world. These talks are interspersed with shorter presentations, including music, performances and comedy. There are no breakout groups — everyone shares the same experience. In theory, this shouldn't work, but it does because this format creates an experience where all of the knowledge is connected.

Under the mantra "ideas worth spreading," Talks were released online and rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. The reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website was reorganized around TED Talks. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times!

In March 2012, BBC News said, "TED Talks have grown from a niche conference... to a global brand. But at its heart it remains a conference dedicated to the stories told on stage.”

Ready to share in the laughter, tears and inspiration of that TED experience? One click over to the TED site boasts 1,500+ talks to stir your curiosity! Why not start with our top TED Talks picks?

Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy

What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation, she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk"

Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction — and starts to ask some very smart questions.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this hilarious, fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness actually inspires productivity.

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

Liza Donnelly: Drawing on humor for change

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life — and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.

Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter...

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B, so she can always find her way to me," began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She breathtakingly tells the story of her metamorphosis from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E.

Find a Voice with Soap

Theresa Flores's passionate advocacy for one of the most vulnerable segments of our society is inspired by her own horrifying experience. As she introduces you to a world far beyond your mind's reach, she'll show it can really be found next door. And how one answer to it all might be found in a tiny bar of soap.

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