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One of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2021. Speaker Tracee Ellis Ross is an excellent actress who also does a lot of volunteer work to improve the lives of teenage girls. Organizations book Tracee Ellis Ross to learn about defining the rules for success, the societal pressure and expectations placed on women to conform to certain norms, and to learn more about her inspiring story.
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Famous speaker Tracee Ellis Ross is a performance artist and actress famous for starring in Black-ish. In 2015, she gained the title of “Best Actress in a Comedy Series”. Tracee won that title again one year later. In 2016, she became the first black actress to receive a nomination for an Emmy in 30 years.
Speaker Tracee Ellis Ross is mainly popular for acting in Girlfriends. Her role in the sitcom gained her two NAACP Image Awards. She then won another NAACP Image Award thanks to her work in the series Reed Between the Lines. Ross has also been in 5 short films and appeared in Lili. One of Lili’s producers was Jennifer Aniston and it was directed by Alicia Keys. In addition, she has starred in roles for series by the ABC, CBS, and HBO.
Furthermore, in 2016 Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the show, Black Girls Rock, and co-hosted the BET Awards. As a speaker, Tracee runs a workshop to encourage individuals to discover and make use of their internal happiness. Moreover, Tracee works on improving the lives of teenage girls. She also works with Children Services, Aviva Family and The Big Brother Big Sister Program.
As a result of all her volunteer endeavours, she received the honor of “Volunteer of the Year” in 2004. Furthermore, in 2009 she received the Impact Award.
In 2012, she launched her official lifestyle website TraceeEllisRoss.com with the aim of inspiring her followers. In 2021, Time included Tracee Ellis Ross in their list of 100 most influential people in the world.
In this speech, Tracee Ellis Ross discusses the societal pressure and expectations placed on women to conform to certain norms, particularly in regards to marriage and parenting. She shares her own experiences of being told she is "failing" as a woman because she has not fulfilled these expectations, and how she has had to work to reclaim her own life and agency. Ross also touches on the ways in which women are often punished or condemned for putting themselves first and making decisions that deviate from societal norms. She encourages women to embrace their individuality and to live their lives for themselves, rather than seeking approval or validation from others.
Based on her popular TED talk, Tracee Ellis Ross discusses the objectification and mistreatment of women throughout history, and the resulting anger and frustration that women harbor. She encourages women to acknowledge and express this fury, which holds "lifetimes of wisdom," and to share it in safe places. Ross also addresses the issue of men's entitlement to women's bodies, likening it to a stranger constantly taking a man's phone without permission. She explains that this entitlement and mistreatment of women is not due to a lack of morality in men, but rather a "very big blind spot" that most men have. Ross also speaks about the role of race in this issue, and the importance of the Time's Up movement in combating sexual violence and harassment.
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