Helen Reddy in 1975

Why is she/are they included here?

Recently in our town, we had a gathering for International Women’s day. One of the activities suggested was singing some songs and, of course, our anthem  “I Am Women” had to be included. In 1972, I was a student at university in Australia, so I know the song “I Am Woman” off by heart. My contemporaries have pretty much the same experience, but we had to run off copies of the lyrics for some of the younger participants.

Fun fact: Helen Reddy and I were born in the same city 🙂

 

Active period:

1970s

My favourites:

I Am Woman, Delta Dawn, Angie

Quote:

I was very strongly influenced by women’s magazines and I really believed that a woman could not be married and raise a family and have a successful career all at the same time.

Song writing:

Co writer

Other performance  skills:

Not known

Sample of lyrics:

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

I am Woman, 1972

Listen to the song at the Australian Screen archives (Note: requires Adobe Flash)

How to listen to/purchase their stuff legally:

Albums and singles can be purchased through major music outlets or direct from The Official Helen Reddy website

Other accomplishments:

  • In the 1970s, Reddy helped raise millions of dollars for U.S. Democratic political candidates.
  • She was appointed to and served on the California Department of Parks and Recreation Commission 1978-1981.
  • In 2017, at the LA Women’s march, Helen sang “I Am Woman” acapella in front of a cheering crowd. It was a highlight of the march.

Gallery of moments: