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Mary Tyler Moore Tackled The Wage Gap On Her Show Back In 1972

American actress and commediene Mary Tyler Moore (as Mary Richards) sits at a desk in a scene from 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' (also known as 'Mary Tyler Moore'), Los Angeles, California, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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American actress and commediene Mary Tyler Moore (as Mary Richards) sits at a desk in a scene from 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' (also known as 'Mary Tyler Moore'), Los Angeles, California, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Mary Tyler Moore’s death on Wednesday once again reminded us that women have been fighting for equal rights and equal pay for far too long.

Yes, the wag gap is real. On average, a woman in the United States today makes 79 cents for every dollar a man earns (and women of color make even less). And Moore began tackling the issue way back in 1972 on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”