Women the world over are no longer accepting the status quo. They’re rising up, breaking out and pushing boundaries. Whatever their focus and talent – business, technology, art, science, politics – these pioneers and their allies are joining forces in an explosion of discovery and ingenuity to drive real, meaningful change.

TEDxLondonWomen celebrated how these dynamic and diverse people are showing up to face challenges head on, all while empowering each other to shape the future we all want to see. TEDxLondonWomen was part of the Global TEDxWomen events programme and included an exclusive session from TEDWomen during the event.

TEDxLondonWomen is an inclusive space. We welcome people from all backgrounds and ages, all genders (cis, trans, non-binary), all sexual orientations (LGBTQI+), all races and ethnicities and all people with visible and invisible disabilities. We are passionate and proud to reflect diversity both in our audience and on our stage.

At TEDxLondon events, you can expect to be inspired, challenged and motivated! Unlike watching individual TED Talks online, TEDx events are carefully curated to cover a wide range of topics, disciplines and perspectives on larger key themes and ideas. We encourage you to be open to topics and ideas that you would not have naturally chosen to watch. You may not agree with everything you hear on stage, but undoubtedly you will come away with new knowledge and learnings that we hope you can reflect on in your everyday life. Ultimately, we hope TEDxLondon events will inspire you to see and understand different people, perspectives and ideas.

The speakers who joined us at TEDxLondonWomen

Sofie Hagen

Stand-up comedian, author, podcaster and fat activist

Ben Hurst

Campaigner against toxic masculinity

Dr Clara Barker

Material scientist and vocal LGBTQI+ campaigner

Dr Alice Bunn

International Director at the UK Space Agency

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Founder of Living Space Project, writer and city and urban place strategist

Amelia Abraham

Journalist, writer and LGBTQ+ culture and politics commentator

Dr Jessica Wade

Scientist, wikipedian and campaigner for gender inclusion in science

Baroness Lola Young

Member of the House of Lords and campaigner against modern day slavery

Josie Young

Feminist AI Researcher

Lady Unchained

Poet, Storyteller and advocate for life after prison
Sofie Hagen
You can be fat and happy
Maria Adebowale-Schwarte
Creating inclusive cities
Amelia Abraham
Why feminists should support transgender rights
Baroness Lola Young
Who made your clothes?
Dr Jessica Wade
A voice for diversity in science
Josie Young
Why we need to design feminist AI
Dr Alice Bunn
How diplomacy in space can inspire cooperation on Earth
Ben Hurst
Boys won’t be boys. Boys will be what we teach them to be.
Adam All and Apple Derrieres
We are more than the sum of our parts
Lady Unchained
Proving there is life after prison one poem at a time
Dr Clara Barker
Why we need to build trust to create diversity in institutions

Food for the day

We love supporting independent traders at TEDxLondon, so we are grateful to the eleven food traders at Southbank Centre’s food market who have offered all TEDxLondonWomen attendees 10% off their food.

  • Shrimpy

    Creators of the Shrimpster burger and Shrimptastic Box, delicious and affordable seafood.
  • The Curry Shack

    Mauritian, Caribbean and a hot and spicy Cajun curries, all served with white or yellow pilau rice and complimentary salad bar.
  • Woodwards Farm 

    Superior beef and eggs from a family farm.
  • Horn OK Please

    Taking you on a journey beyond curry! Serving a delicious range of veggie treats inspired by signature Indian street food dishes, dosas, chaats, bhel and more. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options
  • Bread Tree

    Artisan Italian bruschetta, peperoncino chilli, nduja and colourful pastas! Pop by for the best bruschetta in town!
  • Tea, Bread & Brownie

    Hand crafted patisserie and European style Boule de Berlin doughnuts, sourdough bread, brownies, cakes and of course a large range of 100% natural teas, chai latte and real Belgian hot chocolate.
  • PAD + SEN 

    Real Pad Thai to Londoners that evokes the memories and tastes of life in Bangkok.
  • Street Pig

    BBQ ribs, brisket, pulled pork and halloumi.
  • Choco Fruit 

    London's favourite dessert, fresh fruit skewers, covered in the finest Belgian chocolates, garnished with an array of yummy toppings.
  • Honestfolk

    A mobile bar service with a passion for great drinks. Their aim is simple: to deliver a true bar experience in a surrounding chosen by you
  • 28 Well Hung

    Gorgeous pasture-raised, British heritage breed meats with rustic skin on chips. Meats grazed to sequester carbon and regenerate soil - and because cows should only eat grass. Expect 28 day dry-aged rump & bavette from the Dales and tender marinated lamb neck fillet from Kent and Sussex. With "Jimmy Churri" - our fresh herb sauce and garlic mayo.

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