I Am Woman

The Australian-American singer/songwriter, actor and activist Helen Reddy strode, with a modest but confident air about her, solidly into musical stardom in 1972 with her massive hit, “I Am Woman.”

I was only 12 at the time, and I suppose a slightly immature or insulated 12 or, at least, lacking a deep understanding of the dynamics of the sexism and misogyny that pervaded the world I was born into, and which have benefited me through all my life. Yet, I still could feel back then that this was a very important song; an anthem for that time, and maybe for all time.

“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

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can face anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman”

(“I Am Woman,” by Helen Reddy, Ray Burton)

This week, we said farewell to the earthly presence of that roar, of that invincible, strong woman. But her strength and invincibility remains; it’s in the hearts of those who heard her music and made it theirs, and those it gently and firmly inspired to claim their space, to stand and say, “I am Woman.” Hear them roar, all across the land. It’s time.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and I hope you enjoy.

When you play the video, turn it up. Loud. Let it ROAR.

Here’s the audio for the song, from the Helen Reddy YouTube topic channel:

3 thoughts on “I Am Woman

  1. Steve, this resonated so loudly today… a girlfriend of mine who lives in Israel posted this earlier this week – so i have let it Roar several times this week – thanks for sharing – beautiful start to my day

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