I just saw that the house featured in the Mary Tyler Moore show is up for sale. And I've been thinking about how much I was influenced by the character of Rhoda. I used to wait for the few minutes she'd be on screen each episode. I'm sure I'm not alone.
I'm often accused of being a hippie for my long skirts as much as my left-wing comments. But really Rhoda is the only person (real or made-up) that I've ever really been aware of that might have use that label - and not on Hallowe'en.
She was funny and kind and kind of a spaz. She made mistakes but just laughed about them. She was creative and ran her own window dressing business. Then later she married a divorced guy. Shocking! She didn't care what people said about that either. And then even later, she got to play mom to Justin Bateman!
I'd argue that she, more than Mary, was a pinnacle feature on the road to feminism for many women my age. Mary got a good job in a male field, but she never seemed particularly comfortable in her own skin. Rhoda seemed more authentic and far less frazzled. That seems the better path.