I was watching the retro tv channel the other day when it struck me how far we have come as women. When I was a little girl there were few options presented to us, we planned to be a teacher, nurse, secretary or find a husband and have children. I wondered why I couldn't be an astronaut but then I always did dream big. Little did we know the 80's were waiting for us with a warm, big shouldered embrace, shiny red lipstick and chants of 'women can do anything'. It was during the 80's I realised I was not limited to the choices my mom had and really could choose to be anything I set my mind to.
My mom was a loyal watcher of The Mary Tyler Moore show and I remember the many evenings I spent sitting on the couch, freshly bathed and talced hoping to be overlooked, forgotten and not sent to bed for just 5 more minutes as the familiar theme music filled the air....
Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Mary Richards is probably the most influential woman of my childhood...in fact, more influential than my own mom simply because Mary moved forward, was ambitious and achieved what she went after. To me, Mary Richard represented what 30 would be like for me.
Two other women were prominent on the airwaves when I was a child and I always thought they were old. They represented 50. 50! It seemed like a million light years away! Now with 40 looming, waiting, always there, ever present and asking me 'What have you managed to accomplish?'...50 doesn't seem so old. In the 70's on the other hand, 50 was old!
And then there's Maude!
Those were the days!
At the time I really had no idea how old these women were, as an adult I now know they were 50. Mothers of grown children, grandmothers of small children and taking on some of the most important issues of the decade. Thanks to them we've come a long way baby!
Have a fabulous day!