Four TED-Ed Lessons to watch on International Women’s Day


Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s a list of TED-Ed Lessons to watch as you celebrate all of the world’s women, past and present.

Where does the word ‘lady’ come from? Well, etymologically-speaking, the word comes from the Old English words for hlaf (bread) and daege (maid), which, combined, mean the female head of the household and eventually indicated high social standing. Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel follow the word to its contemporary position simply describing a female.

The contributions of female explorers: During the Victorian Age, women were unlikely to become great explorers, but a few intelligent, gritty and brave women made major contributions to the study of previously little-understood territory. Courtney Stephens examines three women – Marianne North, Mary Kingsley and Alexandra David-Néel – who wouldn’t take no for an answer (and shows why we should be grateful that they didn’t).

Equality, sports and Title IX: In 1972, U.S. Congress passed Title IX, a law which prohibited discrimination against women in schools, colleges, and universities — including school-sponsored sports. Before this law, female athletes were few and far between, and funding was even scarcer. Erin Buzuvis and Kristine Newhall explore the significance and complexity of Title IX.

The true story of Sacajawea: In the early 19th century, a young Agaidika teenager named Sacajawea was enlisted by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to aid her husband Toussaint Charbonneau as a guide to the Western United States. Karen Mensing debunks some of the myths that surround the familiar image of the heroic woman with a baby strapped to her back and a vast knowledge of the American wilderness.


  1. I love this material it is very informative and representative of today’s theme. Thank you all for the cool work that you all do…meow

  2. behzad alam

    remarkable woman…i salute them marianne,mary and alexendra

  3. chandrakant kulkarni

    TED-Ed Lessons are really good and comprehensive.
    However, listeners like me (who are not residing in US) find the accent of the commentary [along with every Lesson] much difficult to understand.
    So, please offer us the commentaries in slow – loud – each word clearly spoken English. Please remember that we are slow learners as compared to learners in US.
    Well, I really wished to show the Lessons regarding great women to some Indian women on Women’s Day. However, I was discouraged – as I myself couldn’t understand the commentary text fully.
    Is it possible to translate TED-Ed Lessons in different spoken Indian languages like Marathi, Hindi, Gujarathi etc.?

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