Collector’s Weekly has a great piece on Mary Tyler Moore as a style icon. In it they note:
Mary was a gentle woman on the outside, but she had steely inner strength that revealed itself only when she was feeling outraged, or taken advantage of by others. While she was always looking for the right man, she felt confident that she wasn’t going to have to beg or cry for him. Unlike the “Sex and The City” ladies whose No. 1 priority was always finding Mr. Right, no matter how idealistic and impossible it was! For Mary, love would happen when the time was right.
I think it’s interesting to compare the two sitcom heroines. Both Carrie and Mary exemplified the idea of a single career girl in the “big city” (whether it was Minneapolis or NYC) to a generation of young women who wanted to follow in their (high heeled) footsteps. And I’m sure that Carrie Bradshaw getting splashed in her tutu is just as iconic an image to some women of our generation as Mary Richards throwing her beret in the air was to women of our mom’s generation.
I’m not going to insert my personal feelings into this (VOTE MARY! VOTE MTM! LOVE IS ALL AROUND!) I’m just going to put up a little poll on which you relate to more. Okay, I’m going to insert both theme songs, and then I’m going to put up the poll.