December 1972 – a song popular in this month – I Am Woman by Helen Reddy
Helen Reddy wrote this when she couldn’t find enough songs to include on her first album, I Don’t Know How To Love Him.
Interesting facts about I Am Woman & Helen Reddy
Included on the 1971 album, Reddy didn’t like the way this version came out and neither did her producer (he thought she sounded “too butch”), but they put it on the album anyway.
Movie producer Mike Frankovitch wanted to use it in his “feminist comedy” Stand Up And Be Counted. Reddy agreed on two conditions: That she would re-record the song, and that he would donate $1000 each to Women’s Centers in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
When this song got a makeover in 1972, the arrangement was changed, as were some lyrics (“I can face anything” became “I can do anything”), and a verse was added. These tweaks helped the song become a huge hit.
This song was a cultural touchstone in America, as it underscored the feminist movement. Like the movement, the song proved divisive, generally split along gender lines with women loving the song (or at least appreciating its message) and some men hating it.
Reddy is Australian, and this song became the first Hot 100 #1 by an Australian-born artist. Some of her other hits include “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress),” “Angie Baby,” “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” and “Delta Dawn.”
Reddy won the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for this song. In her acceptance speech, she thanked “God, because She makes everything possible.”
This information was provided by Songfacts.com