Retro TV Moments That Challenged Social Norms For Women

Mary Tyler Moore on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Mary Tyler Moore was the perfect sidekick to the dynamic and funny Dick Van Dyke on their program “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Mary Tyler Moore wanted to depict the American housewife as she really was, so when execs wanted her to wear a dress and heels while she did housework, she protested, claiming that most housewives were not so formal while doing housework. Thus, the “capri” pant was popularized, worn by her character Laura Petrie and making a social and fashion statement for the American housewife.

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