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International Women’s Day | ’15

Inspiring Female Character II:
Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) | Hayley Atwell

There are countless reasons why Agent Carter should be on the list of show’s you are all watching, but the greatest reason is the superlative message the show’s revolutionizing through this statement: “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” The quote represents the faultless message that for each and every individual, there’s nothing more significant than our own perceptions of who we are. Peggy Carter’s character authenticates that no matter how many people form their own visions of who we are, nothing can taint our own views if we are confident with the truth. For young women everywhere who suffer with the agonizing and belittling fact that the world is continuously judging their actions, Peggy Carter is an icon whose actions should be analyzed and thoroughly understood in order to find self-love. Feminism is necessary because the world still has a difficult time understanding that equality is something we desperately need in order to create a safer, healthier environment for the younger generations. Instead of being taught that there’s a norm which everyone should strive to achieve, younger generations need the encouragement to recognize that the choices they make in order to live a happy life are all that matter. Agent Carter teaches its viewers that regardless of how superior someone’s place in society is, the only opinion that matters is one’s own — there is no right or wrong path everyone must robotically follow, for self respect is the key to success. At the end of the day, each and every human being needs to be taught how to properly love themselves and how vital it is that they follow their dreams.

As a series, Agent Carter does a magnificent job of showcasing women as complex figures. The series allows us to see that while Peggy Carter is fiercely independent and physically strong, she’s someone who often allows her heart to do the talking. She gives in to vulnerability, she cries, she gets angry, she laughs, she fights and she loves. Peggy Carter corroborates that she’s a woman who will do anything in her power to earn the respect she knows she deserves and if that’s not inspiring, then we don’t know what is. There is nothing more treasurable than self-love.

Hayley Atwell is a gift — truly, I’m dumbfounded by the lack of words in the English dictionary to describe her masterful performances. Peggy Carter was faced with numerous challenges this season and each time, Atwell delivered her scenes in an incomparably indescribable manner – evoking profound emotions into the hearts of viewers during all eight episodes.

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