Aimee Mullins looks at language and the way we use words to define ourselves and others. “It’s not just about the words, it’s what we believe about people when we name them with these words – it’s about the values behind the words and how we construct those values. Our language affects our thinking and how we view the world and how we view other people.”
Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field. She has built a career as a model, an actor and an activist for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.

For more on remarkable Aimee, see her Ted Talks biography, as well as this fascinating video: Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs


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