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"Woman Like Me" was written by Jess Glynne, Ed Sheeran, Onika Maraj with help from Steve Mac who also handled the production, and Glynne recorded a solo version of the song for her own future LP which surfaced on the internet in late October. With a change of plan in production, the song was put out of Glynne's new album and later given to Little Mix. Sheeran and the group "went into the studio and tweaked little bits, and made it a little more" as they recall, "more personal to us."  Phill Tan mixed the track, with Randy Merrill then mastering the song. It was then released on Spotify at midnight. In October 2018, Bronx native rapper Cardi B claimed during an Instagram post that she had been sent the track beforehand as a request to collaborate and did not accept because she was already working on other songs, so it was then offered to Minaj, after the latter said that she was interfering with her collaborators. Little Mix later claimed that the record label sent the song to both rappers, but they had always wanted to collaborate with Minaj.
Jess Glynne (left) and Ed Sheeran (right) contributed to the songwriting.
Sam Damshenas from XXL called the song a "reggae-infused pop song" and calling Minaj's verse similar to her feature in Ariana Grande's single "Side to Side". According to sheet music published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing on Musicnotes.com, "Woman Like Me" is composed in the key of F minor and set in common time at a moderate tempo of 150 beats per minute. Little Mix's voices range from Eb3 to a high Eb5.
Chloe Gilke from Uproxx called the song a "reggae-influenced dance-pop banger" with "tight harmonies". Brooke Bajgrowicz from Billboard said: "the female-empowering lead single asks whether a man could fall in love with a woman who isn't the stereotypical "good girl," suggesting that being your own person is more important", she also mention "Minaj adds a touch of sass to the third verse".
The artwork for the song was released along with the video, and has been noted for featuring the group looking distinctly more "natural" than their usual look. The group also all wear black polo necks.
The group reportedly filmed the music video for the track in late September. Pinnock has said about the video "it's personally one of my favourite videos that we've shot. The thing I love about it is that most of the video is us all as a group. We've hardly got any solos. We've never done that before."  The video was released on 25 October 2018 on Vevo and was directed by Marc Klasfeld. The filming location was Knebworth House, Hertfordshire.
It begins with the girls in the back of a van heading to what appears to be a reformatory school, a castle looking building, to be taught the proper ways on how to be a woman. They are seen learning how to balance a book on top of their head, how to walk properly down the garden, and how to properly eat. Later on, the video cuts to a shot of each of the girls doing something that stereotypically feminine. Perrie is ironing, Jade is pouring the tea, Jesy is smelling the flowers, and Leigh-Anne is vacuuming. They are then seen on a balance, wearing dresses and outfits. It also cuts to the girls in a ballroom hall dancing in chairs. When Minaj's rap starts, the video jumps to a Victorian style painting of her that changes throughout her verse as she is "a chameleon." As this happens, it cuts to clips of the girls. When the verse ends and the final chorus begins, the girls are seen dancing on top of the van that brought them. Afterwards, the girls are shown eating in an "unladylike" way and destroying their chores. The video then ends with a shot of the girls together.