Your Daughters Should Know About Helen Reddy!

November 24, 2009

I was born in 1967 and throughout my entire childhood my mother always made sure that I was exposed to many different worlds that may not have currently been apart of my own. She participated strongly in the Civil Rights movement and she shared many of those stories with me. My mother never told a pitiful, bitter or angry story. Her stories always focused on the change and the victory, not just for one group of people, but she felt like her work was for all of humanity’s sake. How can any of us really experience freedom when our nieghbor is in bondage?

Music and pop culture has always played a role in the story telling of humanity’s challenges. Having been on the planet during womens’ rights struggles, and sleeping through most of it, my mother made sure I knew how fortunate I was to be able to fully participate in this life. My mother told a lot of her stories through songs. One of those songs was Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman”. Most women my age know a little something about Helen Reddy, even if it is just the fact that she sang that amazing women’s anthem.

Needless to say, there are a multitude of strong women that have played a role in the freedoms we now have. We can speak about Harriet Tubman who was brave enough to help runaway slaves while putting her own life in serious danger and we can then talk about Miss Helen Keller, who showed those of us who were born with the use of all our five senses, that all you really need is what’s inside your heart. We can talk about all the everyday women who burned their bras in protest, fought side by side with union men for the rights of labor workers. The list is enormous and is ever-growing, full of women who are not afraid to take stands for all of us and women who are not afraid to change their own lives for the sake of their own freedom. In 1976 Louise Hay, one of the most successful authors and publishers of our time, founder of Hay House, which publishes many of today’s most accomplished authors of spiritual books and materials, wrote her first pamphlet turned book, “You Can Heal Your Life”. She was 50 years old.

Your daughters should know about Helen Reddy as they comfort themselves with ipods and youtube. Helen Reddy is just a symbol of what we should be sharing with our daughters. The real information is they they are strong and invincible and that it is not just ok, but expected of them that they live their purpose. Our daughters should know that many women placed their lives on the front lines of society, so that they don’t have to be what they don’t want to be or do what they don’t want to do.

Music has functioned as a huge reminder in my life, letting me know that anything is possible. Messages don’t have to hit you over the head. They can lull you into beautiful dreams through lyrics and melody. I don’t know if anyone has ever done a remake of “I am Woman”, but if not, it’s time someone should, maybe Lady GaGa?

For more about Helen Reddy, visit her website at

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