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TEDWomen lineup announced!

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With three weeks to go before the event, we’re proud to present the TEDWomen speaker lineup for the event happening Dec. 7-8, 2010, in Washington, DC. Our theme is “Reshaping the Future” — and the program highlights women as powerful innovators and architects of change.

Along with TED’s curatorial partner The Paley Center for Media, we’ve planned a program that’s wide-ranging and unexpected, introducing people and ideas you haven’t encountered before, along with iconic leaders offering new insight. Some of these include:

Pioneers rethinking national systems, from Icelandic economist Halla Tomasdottir, charged with rebuilding her country’s economy, to India’s pioneering prison supervisor Kiran Bedi, to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, rebuilding her country after years of war.

Game-changing inventors, from MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, who’s rethinking how machines can act more like humans, to Ugandan farmer Annet Namayanja, who’s bred a new kind of protein-rich bean.

Extraordinary individuals, like Lemeria Ole, a Masai father who has never before left his village in Kenya, but wanted to share his ideas about the value of educating daughters rather than selling them into marriage. Or the “9/11 mothers” Aicha El-Wafi and Phyllis Rodriguez, who forged an unlikely friendship after losing their sons to acts of terrorism.

Creative, collaborative partners like National Geographic filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert and founders Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman.

Media magnates like CNN founder Ted Turner … Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg … Sun Television co-owner Yang Lan (known in the US as “China’s Oprah”).

Inspired, purpose-driven artists, like Benin-born musician Angelique Kidjo … Iranian filmmaker/artist Shirin Neshat … playwright Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day

Powerful forces in politics and diplomacy, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams … former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright … and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

International thinkers like global health guru Hans Rosling and National Geographic explorer Elizabeth Lindsey

TEDWomen will be held December 7-8, 2010, in Washington, DC. The conference is sold out, but you can still take part in what promises to be the most talked-about TED in years:

Watch the webcast. It’s available for just $100, and allows you to watch the stream with up to 10 friends. Register for the webcast >>

Attend a TEDx for TEDWomen event. More than 75 simultaneous TEDx events are happening worldwide. Find one near you >>

Watch the talks on We will be releasing talks from TEDWomen beginning Dec. 7!