“This Is Life, the One You Get, So Go and Have a Ball!”
One Day at a Time starred actress Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, a divorced mother of two teenagers. (Napikoski, n.d.) Actress Mackenzie Phillips played daughter Julie and actress Valerie Bertinelli starred as daughter Barbara. (Napikoski, n.d.)
Ann Romano found herself more liberated and free than ever. After her divorce, she started a new chapter in her life and found power and independence. (Napikoski, n.d.) Moving her family to Indianapolis brought lots of issues and a lot of the stress came from the rebellious daughter, Julia. (Napikoski, n.d.) Some of the issues that the mother of two had to face and deal with were:
- Birth control
- Drug use
- Attempted suicide
“The women’s liberation movement consisted of women’s liberation groups, advocacy, protests, consciousness-raising, feminist theory and a variety of diverse individual and group actions on behalf of women and freedom.” (Napikoski, n.d.) Women were seeking change and power. As a society full of men leading the way and overpowering women was over and women didn’t want to take the back seat anymore. This show’s depiction of a women seeking a new life, dealing with children as a single parent and finding herself was a mirror of reality. One Day at a Time stands as a family of females who struggle to define themselves and discover independence, success and happiness. (Napikoski, n.d.) This show stood on the grounds of feminism.
My perspective: Learning about this show only strengthened my idea of the feminism movement and how television was a great platform to showcase this issue. One Day at a Time brilliantly highlights the struggles a divorced mom goes through. Presenting a mother in the role as head of the household, main provider and caretaker was not common before the Liberation Movement; however, shows like this one helped paved the path for further generations. Ann Romano could do it all and dealt with controversial issues that effective society as well.
About the Actress: Bonnie Franklin was born on January 6, 1944. She grew up in California and become an actress. She is best known for her role on One Day at a Time and has been nominated for an Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Award. (Mills, 1987)
Mills, N. (1987). Franklin Still Making Noise, One Role at a Time. Los Angeles Times. Page 1
Napikoski, L. (n.d.). 1970s Feminist Sitcoms: One Day at a Time. About.com. Retrieved November 18, 2012, from http://womenshistory.about.com/od/feminismandpopculture/a/One-Day-At-A-Time.htm