The powers that be sensed that the public could accept the radical proposition that a single woman, who was as nice as Mary Richards, could make it in a major city. They were right.
And her signature gesture - throwing her hat in the air, - resonated with us Baby Boomers, of both genders. She was going to make it after all. And, no matter what was happening right then in our little lives, we truly believed we were going to triumph over circumstances also. That was then.
Currently, those of us who did make it after all during the past 10 years or so feel more relief than celebration. Somehow we got through the bias against aging professionals, The Great Recession, wage deflation and continual demands that we learn new technology.
No, the Richards' symbolism for resilience wouldn't play well in 2015. Many of us would consider her naïve.
After all, Nassim Taleb taught us all about "Black Swans" or unexpected events, such as the Internet, which change everything. So, Richards should hold onto her hat and hope that a Black Swan wouldn't derail her career. If it did, one wonders if her buddies like Rhoda would stick by her. Or flee, assuming unemployment was contagious.