Skip Nav
Career
4 Pieces of Career Advice You Should Never Heed
Job Search
3 Résumé Tactics That Will Get You the Interview in 2017
Office Etiquette
Oh Sh*t! Cursing at Work Isn't as Taboo as You Thought

Succeeding in Business Because of Appearance

Mad Men: Do Looks Help You Succeed in Your Career?

Boy, was there a huge surprise on last night's Mad Men! The season ends with a bang when Don Draper busts out an unexpected proposal to his beautiful secretary, Megan. After announcing the engagement to the office, we see a rare moment of camaraderie between Peggy and Joan, in which the two unhappily predict Don will probably promote Megan to copywriter since, as Joan puts it, "he's not going to want to be married to his secretary."

To find out what this means for Peggy and Joan, read after the jump.

For these ambitious career women (or as ambitious as they can be in that era), this new move really stings, because it seems like Megan will move up the ladder through the merit of beauty alone and not hard work. "A pretty face comes along and everything goes out the window," Peggy remarks, bitterly recalling Draper's engagement tidings trumping her own news about scoring a client that might just save the drowning ad agency.

It sounds unfair that Megan gets to effortlessly advance her career through her beautiful bones, but beauty seems to open up a lot of doors for people. For example, research has shown that women who have model-type bodies make $15,575 more per year than those who are only average-sized. Even though we've definitely come a long way in terms of women's rights and workplace discrimination, do you think the same prejudice still lingers? Do gorgeous women get preferential treatment in the workplace?

Photo courtesy of AMC

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think it's a double-edged sword. Good looks might get you in the door, but they can also mean you're not taken as seriously, particularly if your natural looks tend toward "sexy" as opposed to just "pretty."
Joan Mad Men GIFs
Kiernan Shipka SAG Awards 2016 (Video)
Mad Men Cast at the Emmy Awards 2015 Pictures
Jon Hamm's Emmy Acceptance Speech 2015 | Video
Kiernan Shipka Outfit at Emmys 2015
Sally Draper's Eyebrows Mad Men
Mad Men Hair Pictures

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Career
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds