It would be nearly impossible to write about the 100th anniversary of the Advertising Women of New York and Advertising Age’s first ever list of the 100 most influential women in the industry without mentioning the last season of the AMC drama “Mad Men.”
In Season 5, particularly in the episode “The Other Woman,” women took center stage. The season hinted at the rumblings of feminism in the 1960s, where women were finding their way in corporate culture and changing social norms.
Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss, decided she would leave Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce for a better paying job as the copy chief at a rival firm. Joan Holloway, played by Christina Hendricks, accepted an offer to have sex with an automobile executive to help Sterling Cooper land an account. She received $50,000 and a partnership in the agency as compensation.
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