Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Reader 1

Jacqueline Wernimont

Reader 2

Lily Geismer

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This thesis will focus on two similarly positioned characters: Peggy Olson and Leslie Knope, both of whom are female characters who successfully navigate male-dominated workplaces. Using Bonnie Dow’s lifestyle feminist framework and critique of postfeminism, Sheryl Sandberg’s advice for women who wish to succeed in the workplace, and bell hooks feminist theory, I hope to use this thesis to locate Peggy and Leslie’s respective places in the tradition of feminism on television, and I will argue that describing characters like Peggy as “feminist” is outdated.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.