Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
Many people think Mad Men is great simply because of Don Draper, but the women on the show are just as, if not more important sometimes, than the series’ leading man. The best one? Easily Peggy Olson, Don’s initial secretary turned protege, who in the most recent finale, has officially stepped into her mentor’s shoes and not just filled them but then asked for her own pair. Peggy’s rise to success throughout Mad Men has been a treat to watch, and it certainly makes her deserving of a spot on this list.
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