This is an essay/article on the portrayal of women in Mad Men, which I am presenting on Tuesday. I like that it focuses on the roles of Betty and Peggy, who I think are both interesting characters on the show for different reasons. Peggy attempts to break the glass ceiling and progress in her career but she does so within the construct of her role as a female in the 1960’s. Betty seems to choose to remain under the rules of being a housewife in spite of her brief stint as a model (which was dependent on her husband accepting a job at the company) and her imagined affair with a salesman. The character that interests me most is Rachel Menken because she operates as a man in a man’s world, utilizing their language and their savy to conduct business while still being considered a classy, sophisticated woman.
women in mad men