Women’s Liberation (In Song)

Women’s Liberation (In Song)

Women's Liberation
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On June 4, 1919, Congress passed a resolution supporting the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. This week, Music 101 looks at the music that played a prominent role in women’s liberation movements during the rock and roll generations to follow. 

The songs in this week’s episode display the power of using music for progress; the artists this week have truly paved a road for the future.   


Lesley Gore “You Don’t Own Me”
Kitty Wells “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”
Dolly Parton “Just Because I’m A Woman”
Jeannie C. Riley “Harper Valley PTA”
Sonny Curtis “(Theme From) The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (season 1, 1970)
Loretta Lynn “The Pill”
Loretta Lynn “Rated X”
Helen Reddy “I Am Woman”
TV Mama Jean “Women’s Liberation”
Elkie Brooks “Women’s Lib Song”
Patti Smith “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star”
X-Ray Spex “O Bondage, Up Yours”