Campus Only Senior Thesis
© 2014 Alyssa J. Monroe
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in the tradition of feminism on television, and I will argue that describing characters like Peggy as “feminist” is outdated.
Monroe, Alyssa J., ""Are You Better Off Than You Were 4(0) Years Ago?:" Portrayals of Feminism on Parks and Recreation and Mad Men" (2014). Scripps Senior Theses. 412.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.