DIGEST

The Informer: Woman who roared, Helen Reddy, exits as Trump, Biden bicker

Helen Reddy in 2017 at the Women's March and the most presidential thing about the first debate - the back drop.
Helen Reddy in 2017 at the Women's March and the most presidential thing about the first debate - the back drop.

On the same day two elderly white men spent a fair amount of time being rude to each other, a woman who sang an anthem for women exited stage left.

There were a number of unbecoming moments in the first presidential debate of the 2020 US election. Donald Trump and Joe Biden bickered over who should appoint the next Supreme Court justice, health care and, maturely, brought each other's families into the slugfest.

At one stage, an exasperated Biden said after Trump's repeated interruptions: "Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential."

There was much that was distinctly unpresidential. According to The New York Times these were the six takeaways that mattered: Trump trampled over everything; Biden, at his strongest, pivoted to the camera - and away from Trump; Trump still wants to wear the outsider mantle; Trump would not condemn white supremacy or urge his supporters to stay calm; Trump did little to address the gender gap; Biden rebuffed the leftist label.

As that was happening in Cleveland, on the other side of the US, news of Helen Reddy's death filtered out.

Alice Cooper may have referred to her as the "queen of housewife rock" but it mattered little. In 1972, Reddy won a Grammy for best female pop vocal, becoming the first Australian to do so. She was the world's top-selling female vocalist for the next two years.

Back in 2017 Reddy sang an a'capella version of her signature songI Am Woman. It is believed to be one of Reddy's last performances of the song, having been diagnosed with dementia two years earlier. You can watch it here:

It was at the Women's March in Los Angeles where more than 750,000 people joined forces over their shared belief that women's rights needed protecting, particularly in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency.

Did you know you can receive this daily digest by email? Sign up here

News you need to know