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Her friend said that women and men are treated the same. Then he saw her tip somebody.

They said she was betraying her culture. They said she'd intimidate men. They said she was angry. And she said, "Yeah?"

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The whole talk is 100% worth your time, but I'll try to sum up.

She spent her whole life being treated like she was less valuable than a man.

From the time when she didn't get to be class monitor because that job was only for a boy, to the time when she tipped a man and the man thanked her male companion, Adichie has a lifetime of stories that show how far we still have to go to achieve some semblance of gender equality.


"I am angry. ... We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change."

As she grew up, she had to respond to people who insisted that feminists are women who aren't happy. Or who hate men. Or who are corrupted by Western influences.

She believes that we all should be feminists and that, by embracing that paradigm, we can be more true to who we are.

"The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are."

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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