Reporter and New York Times best selling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon set out to find women entrepreneurs in the most unlikely places. It turned out that successful women business-owners weren’t too hard to find even in war zones and post conflict settings like Afghanistan and Bosnia. Inspired by women who braved danger and started their own businesses to provide for their families, Lemmon brought their stories back to the U.S.

In this TEDxWomen talk, she shares some invaluable lessons she learned about the power of women entrepreneurs, and their role in the global economy.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception