Dame Steve Shirley | ideas.ted.com

Dame Stephanie Shirley founded a women-only computing company in 1962, determined to do her work on her terms, and to hell with the glass ceiling. In this video, introduced by US CTO Megan Smith, admire the feisty spirit who upended tech world sexism by refusing to accept it.

For girls in rural Yemen, just getting permission to go to school can be an obstacle. Here, first-graders sit five to a bench. Classrooms often number 150 students to one teacher.

Photographer Laura Boushnak celebrates success stories in women’s education across the Arab World.

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15-year old Julia Bluhm is a ballet dancer and body image activist. You might see a disconnect, but Julia sees an opportunity; having seen her ballet friends struggle with body issues, she decided to do something about it.