So the big news in Australia this week has been the passing of Helen Reddy, who had the huge hit “I Am Woman” in 1971. And a few other hits as well. She was a local girl made good – went to the US with a 3 year old and $200 in her pocket and became a star. Aussies love those kind of stories. And it is a great story.
In 1971 I was a frustrated 17 year old in my first year at university (yeah, way too young), more interested in Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and ELP than the pop singles of the day. However, I remember my mother talking about “I Am Woman”. She loved it. Mum was a frustrated feminist. She was a gentle soul, actually very happy to be the Good Wife while recognising that the feminist movement happening at the time was a Good Thing. I remember her saying to me that she thought the song was WONDERFUL, and singing the lines “yes I am wise but it’s wisdom born of pain”. I guess it was water off a duck’s back for me at the time, being a testosterone filled idiot, but it’s a very strong memory for me, hearing her express such strong feelings for the lyrics of what I thought was just another commercial pop song.
I suspect this is a typical bloke’s reaction. Look forward to hearing other opinions, especially from women on the blog