Watch: Peggy Olson’s Amazing Growth on MAD MEN

While Mad Men is Don Draper’s story, my favorite character has always been Peggy Olson. She started from humble beginnings in the secretary pool and has since ascended to Copy Chief at one of the top agencies on Madison Ave. It wasn’t an easy journey – riddled with sexism, an accidental pregnancy, and terrible boyfriends – but she’s at the forefront of the women’s equality movement without even being political about it. Her talent and determination have pushed her forward more so than any personal agenda to be the voice of a woman’s movement.

What’s amazing about her transformation is just how real it’s been. Watching this supercut of her transformation highlights how much has changed, but watch the full 6 seasons and every moment feels true to character instead of a drastic leap.

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Peggy Olson
Season 1: Peggy’s cute “basket of kisses” line got her noticed

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Peggy Olson
Season 6: Peggy’s the HBIC
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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.