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Elisabeth Moss: Peggy Olson Is the "Ultimate Feminist"

Elisabeth Moss: Peggy Olson Is the "Ultimate Feminist"

Elisabeth Moss told New York magazine's Vulture that career women in the '60s weren't trying to change the world but simply trying to improve their lives. She said:

"These women weren’t trying to change everyone's lives; they just wanted to get their chance to do their job, and in that way she's the ultimate feminist."

The definition of feminism is subjective and always changing, but were women like Peggy the ultimate feminists or just the first(ish)?




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flyowsley flyowsley 6 years
I think the first(ish) feminists were the ultimate feminists. Without a woman like Peggy in the workplace in the early '60s, where would women in the work place be today?
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
"sorry but the "ultimate feminist" had a baby, gave it up, sleeps with potential bosses/strangers she meets in bars, and smokes pot....?"I think that's incredibly myopic and reductionist. Peggy makes mistakes and Peggy learns from her mistakes. Is she always likeable? No. Does she always make the best decision? No. But Peggy takes risks and she takes chances and she wants more than what society at the time is telling her she can have. If she wants to fuck and smoke weed like Paul Kinsey, she's going to do it. And she's going to be better at her job than most of her peers and she's not going to be hindered by what her older admin thinks is proper.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
"sorry but the "ultimate feminist" had a baby, gave it up, sleeps with potential bosses/strangers she meets in bars, and smokes pot....?" I think that's incredibly myopic and reductionist. Peggy makes mistakes and Peggy learns from her mistakes. Is she always likeable? No. Does she always make the best decision? No. But Peggy takes risks and she takes chances and she wants more than what society at the time is telling her she can have. If she wants to fuck and smoke weed like Paul Kinsey, she's going to do it. And she's going to be better at her job than most of her peers and she's not going to be hindered by what her older admin thinks is proper.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
sorry but the "ultimate feminist" had a baby, gave it up, sleeps with potential bosses/strangers she meets in bars, and smokes pot....?
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I'd say that's where feminism starts, with the individual, but it becomes much more than that.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 6 years
I don't watch Mad Men either, but the part where 'they just wanted to get their chance to do their job' sounds great to me. Maybe a bit rebellious for their times as well. I wouldn't say feminist though.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 6 years
I don't watch Mad Men either, but the part where 'they just wanted to get their chance to do their job' sounds great to me. Maybe a bit rebellious for their times as well. I wouldn't say feminist though.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 6 years
since i don't watch mad men (due to me being cheap and not wanting to pay for premium cable) i can't say that peggy herself is the ultimate feminist. but i have to agree that a my definition of a feminist is someone who wants to be equal--yet acknowledge and accept the fact that men, women, and all those in between are different. i don't like those women who say they are feminist and spew bs such as "sex is rape" and blah blah blah. they just make those of us who want the ability to do things in an equal fashion a bad name.
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