Small Screen Supermoms.
An account manager in an advertising firm. A waitress who aspired to
be a singer. A New York City police officer. A couple of attorneys. A pair
of journalists. An architect. Travel agents. An assistant to an online
magazine editor. And a drug store clerk.
Married. Divorced. Widowed. Single.
Living in New York City, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Columbus (Ohio),
Long Island, Washington, D.C. and suburban Chicago.
A far cry from the days of June Cleaver in "Leave it to Beaver," the past 30+ years of television have offered viewers a delicious variety of working moms in myriad circumstances. These weren't women who wore frilly aprons and pearls. They managed their families (from one child to five) the best they could. Those with husbands tried to figure out who would take the kids to school and who would make the lunches. Those who were divorced, widowed or single leaned on family and friends for support.
Though working moms' storylines haven't exactly dominated primetime
television, they've been there nonetheless, not really calling attention to
the fact that they were breaking new ground as their characters attempted to climb the career ladder while also helping their kids out with their
So, given that it's summer -- and it's certainly not easy to be a working
mom when the kids are out of school -- we here at Mommy Track'd have decided to kick off a nostalgic summer series in which we'll look at some of our favorite working moms of the small screen. We'll examine 10 different TV shows and see, through our 2007 perspective, how working mothers have been portrayed in primetime in recent decades. The shows we'll feature include:
* One Day at a Time (1975-1984)
Bonnie Franklin played Ann Romano, a freshly divorced mom of teenaged daughters. Romano had the challenge of venturing back into the work world after a 17-year absence and wound up landing a job as an account manager at an ad agency, just as her daughters were entering the realm of teenaged rebellion.