I Am Woman

Helen Reddy, 1972

How did women "roar" in the 1970s and 1980s? Protest, legislation, personal career choices, etc. How do you think they felt hearing this song? What would Helen Reddy think of "Wives and Lovers" (this unit) just nine years before?

How much progress has been made since then? What changes have happened since 1972 because of the women's movement? Working and single moms, day care; women in government, business, military. How have families changed?

What changes would Helen Reddy be pleased about? Are women still "down there on the floor"? What would she think still needs work? Woman president, 50% of seats in Congress, more female CEOs, etc. What is the "glass ceiling"? How can the glass ceiling be eliminated?

What down sides, if any, are there to the big changes in women's lives? Reddy sang that women “can do anything.” It’s often said today that women are expected to do “everything,” not just “anything.” What is meant by this? Do you think it’s true?

"I Am Woman" performed by Helen Reddy on Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits. Available on Spotify and YouTube.


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I am Woman sheet music cover
"I Am Woman" sheet music cover.

Helen Reddy (1941–2020), born and raised in Australia, began performing professionally as a child. She moved to the United States in 1966 and scored a break-through hit in 1970 with “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. “I Am Woman,” which she wrote with Ray Burton, became her first song to reach number one on the charts. It earned her a Grammy Award and is widely acknowledged as the anthem of 1970s feminism.

Compare this song to other songs about women's rights and roles:

"Rights of a Woman" (Unit 2)

"Going to the Polls" (Unit 5)

"The New America" (Unit 5)

"Women's Doxology" (Unit 6)

"Rosie the Riveter" (Unit 7)

"Wives and Lovers" (this Unit)

"At Seventeen" (Unit 9).

Design a record cover that reflects the same philosophies as this song. Study the Rosie the Riveter posters from World War II for inspiration.



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