If you’re a fan of Mad Men, then you must be aware of Elizabeth Moss’s noteworthy character Peggy Olson. When she is first introduced on the show, she is the classic representative of the sixties woman.
If you’re a fan of Mad Men, then you must be aware of Elizabeth Moss’s noteworthy character Peggy Olson. When she is first introduced on the show, she is the classic representative of the sixties woman. She has an appearance that embraces innocence, but she proves throughout the series that she possesses a strong will that helps her succeed in her ambitions.
Peggy began her career as Don Draper’s secretary: answering his phone, covering for him with his wife, and keeping his bar stocked with the finest top shelf liquor products. Slowly she proved herself knowledgeable and talented in the creative world of advertising and achieved status as Copy Chief. She gained her own secretary and led a team of men daily on accounts, which was unheard of during that time.
How did Peggy achieve this? Like any strong woman, she pushed herself and persevered through the obvious sexism that was prevalent in her office environment. No matter how many belittling comments she received from men, she never let them get to her. She chose what battles to fight in order to not appear like another “flustered woman” to these men.
Peggy always knew when to stick up for herself. When she felt she deserved a raise, she asked for one. She didn’t wait to be rewarded. When it seemed like she hit a wall at work, though a very tough decision, she decided to take a risk and leave the company that discovered her and gave her a chance. Even though she had to embrace rejection multiple times, she kept her head up high and focused on achieving her dream of becoming a powerful businesswoman.
One of her hardest challenges is one most career women face, and probably one of her hardest, was choosing work over love. She didn’t give up on love, but she didn’t let love distract her from her career. She dated and even found herself in romantic, passionate relationships, but you can tell she loves her career more, and she’s not sorry about it.
Peggy Olson, though a fictional character and living in a world far from ours, still had a driven nature that lead her to landing her dream job and achieving her dreams. She faced countless obstacles that could have potentially knocked her down and wounded her, but instead she kept moving forward. She’s a career woman of the sixties that can be looked to as a role model for any era.
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