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25 songs to celebrate innovators: A Spotify playlist inspired by TEDWomen

Posted by: Becky Chung
The Ahn Trio plays during TEDWomen 2010. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

The Ahn Trio plays during TEDWomen 2010. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Inspired by the theme of TEDWomen 2013, “Invented Here,” we’ve created a killer playlist with songs about women who’ve innovated, made a difference, taken a stand and changed history in the process.

Our mixtape of tunes include: a Swedish dance-pop tribute to Marie Curie’s research on radioactivity, Jane Birkin’s ode to the work and ideals of Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, an emotional love song dedicated to Georgia O’Keefe and a tongue-in-cheek punk rock commentary on Margaret Thatcher.

Sit back, turn up the volume and have a listen!

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Unable to listen to the Spotify playlist? Here is a list of all of the songs we’ve included:

Clara Barton – Country Joe McDonald
Abigail Adams – The City and Horses
When Frida Kahlo Lost Her Halo - Greg Douglass
The Ballad of Marie Curie – Army Of Lovers
Florence Nightingale’s House – Katie Malco
Nelly Bly – Dirty Bourbon River Show
Ada Lovelace – Madam Monom
Sojourner Truth – Jeanne Humphries
Amelia Earhart vs. the Dancing Bear – The Handsome Family
Cleopatra – Miniature Tigers
Mother Theresa Can’t Dive – Jose Vanders
Georgia O’Keefe – Duke Special
Benazir Bhutto’s Hands Are Clean – Muslimgauze
Aung San Suu Kyi – Jane Birkin
Susan B. Anthony Dollar – Sherman & Larsen
The Ballad of Isadora Duncan – Mike Elliott
Hypatia – Tomi Leppanen
I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher – NotSensibles
Maria Montessori – With An Orange
A Freestyle Kiss To Hedy Lamarr – Botanica
Madeleine Albright – Dave Lowensohn
Harriet Tubman’s Ballad - Woody Guthrie
Joan Of Arc – Leonard Cohen
Speeches Of Indira Gandhi – Indira Gandhi
Jane Goodall – Adam Kautz
Virginia Woolf – Indigo Girls
Annie Get Your Gun – Squeeze

Hailey Reissman, on the TEDx editorial team, contributed to this playlist.

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