“Girl . . . You’re Gonna Make It” by Carol P. Christ

Why did this song,* this program, this woman mean so much to Oprah and  Michelle, to you, to me?

Because Mary Tyler Moore was one of our first role models of cheerful independent womanhood.

Why does this song still bring tears to my eyes?

Because I had never learned that a girl could make it on her own.

Because I feared that I couldn’t and hoped that I would.

And guess what, I did.

Lots of us did.

With help from our friends.

Mary showed us that too.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was broadcast on Saturday nights.

Many of us were home alone, watching faithfully.

We do not forget.

*The above version of the song is from the first season, the words “you’re gonna make it after all” were changed to “you’re gonna make it on your own” in season two.


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Categories: female friendship, Feminism, Feminism and Religion, Feminist Awakenings, General

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6 replies

  1. I’m one of those who know all the words and can sing along with the video!
    Look where we are now – leaders for equality and justice. Mary would be proud I think


  2. Thanks for the memory. Like everybody else, I enjoyed the show, though I never liked it that she always said “Mr. Grant.” I also liked Mary in Ordinary People, but I thought Thoroughly Modern Millie was a silly movie. Looking back now, I see that it was silly on purpose.


  3. She meant a lot to all of us. Thanks, Carol.


  4. I greatly enjoyed the Mary Tyler Moore show, and watched it regularly. I was always thrilled when she tossed her hat, because that was me taking chances breaking through everything I thought I couldn’t do, including love. And I’m still there now too, hat in hand.


  5. Thank you…thank you…thank you. That was me as well – being inspired by MTM, the cast and stories – as a single working mom. she definately made a difference in my life.


  6. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!I haven’t watched the show and was introduced to it just now after reading your post and it sounds very inspiring to me.I am definitely going to check it out.


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