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For years TEDxAmsterdamWomen has invited inspiring individuals to take the stage to talk about issues that affect women and to share their ‘idea worth spreading.’

This year is our 10th anniversary and the theme, The State of Mind, reflects that. At its heart is a big goal- to create a state of mind in the next 10 years where gender bias has been eliminated and TEDxAmsterdamWomen, a separate women’s event, is no longer needed.

We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years. Women are now pushing through in all areas of society. But there’s still a long way to go. There are still many cases, in areas such as science trials, the designing of certain products such as smartphones, as well as policies and legislation, where women are often ignored, with sometimes dire consequences.

From Somaliland to Eindhoven

Gender bias is a global issue. The speakers that are invited on December 9th are from all over the world, offering the audience an unparalleled insight into what women with different backgrounds, from different places, in different industries are facing. From Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Edna Adan Ismail from Somalia- pioneer in the fight against genital mutilation of women, to American-Dutch documentary filmmaker and presenter Clarice Gargard, Dutch science writer Niki Korteweg, psychologist Hanneke Wigman, author Sanne Kanis, African, London based journalist Belinda Otas and artists Raquel van Haver and Jalila Essaidi from Colombia and Eindhoven respectively.

Together, we can change

The State of Mind.