Generally speaking, TED Talks have a no-kids policy at their events. Unfortunately for a mother and her five-month-old, this rule was non-negotiable, even at TEDWomen, an event intended to celebrate “the power of women and girls.”
At a recent three-day TEDWomen2015 event in Monterey, California, Jessica Jackley, the author of the book Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, arrived with her nursing infant in tow. Soon afterward, event staff asked her to leave.
Confused. #TEDWomen2015 “about the power of women and girls.” But working moms? Was just asked to leave bc my nursing 5mo old infant is w me— jessicajackley (@jessicajackley) May 28, 2015
Executive producer of TED Media June Cohen told Mashable that choosing to stick to the event policy was a mistake, and that she had invited Jackley back to the conference.
“Clearly this is a policy we need to revisit,” Cohen said, referring to the no-kids rule, which is apparently meant to make the event more “immersive.”
On the plus side, the story has a happy ending: It looks like adequate childcare and nursing options and resources will start to become widely available at TED events, thanks to Jackley’s initiative and Cohen’s quick thinking.
H/T Mashable | Photo by Pawel Loj/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)