I caution from even using the word feminist because some have warped the average mind into conjuring nothing but images of hairy armpits, bra burning, guerrilla protesting, and non shaved legs. The more sensible image in reality is that of any and every woman that is/can/does have the potential be self empowered and those who support the empowerment of women. Or at least that's what my sisters beat into me day in and day out.
Peggy Carter is the fictional embodiment of that beat down. With commitment to professionalism, courtesy, the job, and country she is stepping up to lead this new wave of female empowerment.
But in her headline mini-series in [Marvel's Agent Carter](series:1119765), every attempt to try and get in her mind was like navigating a minefield. I hearken the famous words of Howard Stark, "Once you think you're in a woman's head, your goose is well and cooked."
At the show's inception I thought that I knew Peggy but with every episode's ending I was more and more confused, intrigued, curious, and skeptical of her true intentions. At one point I even surmised that she was the shadowy figure that murdered her colleague Ray Krzeminski in the night (SPOILER ALERT) but that was proven wrong with the revelation of Dotty, the female Russian assassin.
Now winding down to the last episode of the mini-series/Season 1, the show has intensified with more questions raised and fans being sucked in. With viewership holding steady it's safe to say that Carter has developed a loyal following that can hopefully, and should, ensure a second season. Unlike Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which is fueled by it's connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agent Carter has created something of it's own world. It's only reference to the modern MCU so far is that of the Russian assassin program that would eventually spawn Black Widow. Yet we all know how Marvel operates, slow and steady, and then eventually follows with an onslaught of surprises and revelations.
The show is at it's apex and it is very apparent that this is what the world needs right now. In a time when women are not only pushing back harder than ever for equal rights across the world, Peggy Carter is the character best suited to lead that charge. She's a reminder of not only how far women have come but also how much they have had to endure to gain an equal footing and how much further we have to go before getting there. During an age where religious groups, political parties, and misogynist are constantly trying to control the minds and bodies of women, Agent Carter is a reminder that women are strong, capable and not to be taken lightly.
Tonight we will conclude what has been an amazing ride thus far. I encourage not only to tune in tonight but also contact ABC and leave them feedback on not only how great the show has been but also to ensure that it gets renewed for a second season. Not only for love of Marvel and all of their endeavors but more so for the support of a powerful and positive female role model. There aren't many examples of women on screen today who can hold their own like Peggy without having to resort to being a stereotypical female punchline. In Carter's case, she's more punch than line.