Today’s Power Song was contributed by Facebook fan Luz Nelly Feliciano and fits in PERFECTLY with this week’s theme of Confidence.
Today’s Power Song is the one that became the anthem for women’s empowerment and equality, “I am Woman” by Helen Reddy.
Released in May 1972, I am woman initially struggled on the music charts, however it went only to win a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The songs impact was global and infectious:
In the year that Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine was launched in the US and Cleo in Australia, the song quickly captured the imagination of the burgeoning woman’s movement. National Organization for Woman founder Betty Friedan was later to write that in 1973, a gala entertainment night in Washington DC at the NOW annual convention closed with the playing of “I Am Woman”. “Suddenly,” she said, “woman got out of their seats and started dancing around the hotel ballroom and joining hands in a circle that got larger and larger until maybe a thousand of us were dancing and singing, ‘I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.’ It was a spontaneous, beautiful expression of the exhilaration we all felt in those years, woman really moving as woman.”
To Reddy, the song’s message reaches beyond feminism. “It’s not just for women,” she said. “It’s a general empowerment song about feeling good about yourself, believing in yourself. When my former brother-in-law, a doctor, was going to medical school he played it every morning just to get him going.” In 2002, however, she said, “I had no idea what the song was destined to become. If I’d known, I would have been far too intimidated to have written it.”
~Source: Wikipedia, The Songs Impact
Gone were the days where women stayed at home and solely lived to take care of their family, putting their own needs last.
Growing up as a young girl in the 1970’s, empowerment and self-confidence became my personal mantras. My Mother was an enormous influence on me, divorced and raising two daughters she always pushed me to believe in my strengths, take care of myself and never let anything stand in my way. I love you Mom. You made me the woman I am. You get credit for every word I type on these pages.
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Confidence Week – October 19 to October 23 2015
Have a wonderful weekend and stay Fabulous!