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Word Origin Comics: Wow, Not Woe to Women!

06/29/2015 05:53 pm ET | Updated Jun 29, 2016

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back and pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again
Oh, yes, I am wise
But its wisdom born of pain
Yes, I paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

"What is a woman?" you might ask. Helen Reddy provided a partial answer in 1971 with her hit tune, "I am Woman," which she co-wrote with Ray Burton as a filler on her debut album. It was later used in the closing credits for the 1972 film "Stand Up and Be Counted," after which a new recording of the song was released as a single, which went on to become a number one hit, selling over one million copies. The song became an enduring anthem for the women's liberation movement and a celebration of female empowerment.

Things, however, are much less clear today. The album on which "I am Woman" initially appeared was entitled "I Don't Know How to Love Him." Which may say it all as far as Kaitlyn Jenner's transition. Here's a little something to help you negotiate the terrain and put things once more in perspective.

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