Many years ago now, I was offered a job in radio news at an Ottawa radio station. I was terrified to leave my family, my friends and everything I’d ever known. At the same time, I was thrilled with the prospect of being a small-town girl moving to the big city for a great job and an exciting life adventure. And the reason I knew I could do it was because of Mary Richards. Beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore didn’t carry signs, make speeches or openly rebel against the way women were treated. But in her cheerful, yet direct way, she helped advance feminism on TV and showed women around the world that you could be strong, successful, funny and lovable. It started with the Dick Van Dyke show, where Moore’s character wasn’t shy about speaking her mind, even if her husband disagreed. And she was more of an equal partner with her husband than the times seemed to allow. As Mary Richards, Moore played an unattached career woman gentle enough to be lovable — yet bold enough to take on the world of TV news. Moore went on to win seven Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar for her work in“Ordinary People.”
Thank you Mary – for helping many women feel the power and promise of your show’s theme song – that you really can make it after all! Today, I toss my hat into the air in your honour.
(The Canadian Press)