The Australian Ray Burton
co-wrote the song with Helen Reddy. Burton's contribution was writing the music to go with Helen Reddy's lyrics and editing her lyrics to fit his musical structure. Burton's other hits have included the songs "Too Hard To Handle" and "Paddington Green." He has performed, toured, and/or recorded with The Who, Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb
"), Queen, America, The Spencer Davis Group, Small Faces, Procol Harum, Little River Band, Dave Mason
, and Joan Armatrading
. He was a founding member of the band Ayers Rock.
Burton also worked at LA's world-famous Record Plant alongside recording-session heavyweights Lee Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums), and Joe Osborn (bass). He has written music and songs for movies, including Rabbit Run
, My Best Friend's Wedding
, and Airport 75
. He has also written advertising jingles for Coca Cola, Revlon Cosmetics and many other national brand-name products. His catalog includes more than 200 songs.
"I first wrote the song in August 1970," explained Burton. "It was first released by Capitol Records in late 1970 as an album track on Helen Reddy's first album. It was what they call a 'sleeper' in the music industry. In other words, it sat on the album doing nothing for two years and then as the women's liberation movement gathered momentum, Capitol Records released it as a single. The women's liberation movement then adopted it as their anthem and the rest is history."