In the chain-smoking, patriarchal world of AMC's "Mad Men," Peggy Olson gives Don Draper and his debaucherous group of ad executives a run for their money.
But is Peggy a feminist icon? According to the "Mad Men" starlet Elisabeth Moss, she's more than just a feminist poster girl, she's the "truest feminist" of them all.
"It's the feminism of, 'Hey, I just want to do what I love, and I think I should get paid the same amount for doing it if I do as good a job as a man,'" Moss told "Page Six Magazine."
In just four seasons, Peggy has climbed the corporate ladder, perhaps, higher than anyone else. In Season 1, Peggy played secretary to Jon Draper (Jon Hamm). Later, she is promoted to copywriter, the first female writer at the firm since World War II. She then joins Draper when he leaves Sterling Cooper to become a founding member of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and by the end of Season 4 she is effectively Draper's second-in-command in the creative department.
For female fans of "Mad Men," that's something that they can relate to about Peggy.
"I've had a lot of women my age come up to me and say, 'That totally happened with my boss. There are these boys' business trips that I'm not invited on,' " Moss told "Page Six." "So yes, Peggy's a character of a specific time, but I've tried to make her identifiable for women of any age and of any period."
As for what's ahead for Peggy in the anticipated fifth season of "Mad Men," Moss didn't reveal much, but she did tease some very big changes for "Mad Men's" feminist hero.
“I am ecstatic with what happens this season. I think the audience is going to be surprised. For me, it was very meaningful with what happens to Peggy.”