You’re Gonna Make It After All: How the Mary Tyler Moore Show Is More Relevant Than Ever

You’re Gonna Make It After All: How the Mary Tyler Moore Show Is More Relevant Than Ever

When I was a kid I used to catch reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. All I can really remember is that I liked the opening, especially the shot where Mary effortlessly tosses her hat in the air. I had long brown hair and wanted to envision myself being a success, just like her. My ambitions mirrored Mary’s in some ways—heading to a big city and having some important role at a company—even though I didn't know what it might be. The recent death of Mary Tyler Moore motivated me to revisit Mary Richards and her incredible smile to see what I was missing.

After watching a few episodes I was immediately struck by something. The issues of pay gap, struggling for a meaningful title, and perceived responsibilities were hot topics 40 years ago—and they still are today. At first I felt defeated. Mary was dealing with issues I still hear about from my fellow businesswomen and colleagues all the time. Why wasn’t there any progress?

The Real Wonder Women

 The Real Wonder Women

The success of the recent Wonder Woman film is exciting to see—not just because it was directed by a woman, or that the character is portrayed as strong, courageous, and most definitely a risk-taker. But what about all the women who do that every day? I wanted to highlight some of the real Wonder Women of our local community: