Helen Reddy – I Am Woman

A million-plus seller from 1972 on women’s empowerment that later became used at beauty pageants and on beer commercials…

But even if Reddy came to resent being mostly known for it, the influence on popular culture and feminism is tremendous.

The lyrics call for not giving up in seeking gender equality, that setbacks only embolden, and that this is just a start (“I’m still an embyro”). In this respect, feminism, as an ideology is often characterized as “post materialist.” That is, it concerns itself with matters of self-fulfilment. Too, feminism doesn’t stop: gains made are paths to seeking more improvements for women. This makes feminism and other ideologies such as environmentalism more evolving and dynamic than historical forebears such as liberalism, socialism and conservatism.

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