Everyone Says Mary Tyler Moore Was A Feminist Icon, But She Never Wanted To Be One

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 on Wednesday. Since her death, feminists have stated how she was an icon for their movement, but that was something she never wanted to be.

During a PBS interview in 2013, the legendary actress talked about her role as Mary Richard, the single career women, on her hit show “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her part in changing the role women would play in television forever. (RELATED: These Are 10 Of Mary Tyler Moore’s Most Memorable TV And Film Moments)


Even though many have said her character was a feminist symbol, she wanted nothing to do with the movement when she was asked by Gloria Steinem to join their cause. Moore felt the problem with feminists was the way they denigrated a mother’s role in raising children. (RELATED: Mary Tyler Moore Dead At 80)

“I believed, and still do, that women have a very major role to play as mothers,” Moore said. “It’s very necessary for them to be with their children. That’s not what Gloria Steinem was saying.”

“She was saying you can do everything and you owe it to yourself to have a career,” she added. “I really didn’t believe that.”

Katie Jerkovich



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