Helen Maxine Reddy (born 25 October 1941) is an Australian-American singer, actor and activist. Born in Melbourne, Victoria to a show-business family, Reddy started her career as an entertainer at age four.

She sang on radio and television, and won a talent contest on a television program, Bandstand, in 1966; her prize was a ticket to New York City and a record audition.

Reddy's stardom was solidified when her single 'I Am Woman' reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1972. Reddy has attributed the impetus for writing 'I Am Woman' and her early awareness of the women's movement.

Reddy is quoted as saying that she was looking for songs to record which reflected the positive self-image she had gained from joining the women's movement, but could not find any, so "I realized that the song I was looking for didn't exist, and I was going to have to write it myself."

'I Am Woman' was recorded and released in May 1972. Female listeners soon adopted the song as an anthem and began requesting it from their local radio stations in droves, resulting in its September chart re-entry and eventual No. 1 peak.

Three decades after her Grammy, Reddy discussed the song's iconic status: "I think it came along at the right time. All the women in my family, they were strong women. They worked. They lived through the Depression and a world war, and they were just strong women. I certainly didn't see myself as being dainty," she said.

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