Mad Men

Season 1 Episode 1

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 19, 2007 on AMC

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    • Joan: (as she tells Peggy how to negotiate the male/female relationships in the office) ...Of course, if you really make the right moves, you'll be out in the country and won't have to work at all.

      Although a very small percentage of young New York women of the 1950's aimed for education and a career, for most, marriage, a family and the home that came with it, was their principal goal. For some, generally those from at least an upper-middle class background, education was the way to meet the right guy, "earn a Mrs" and a get that house in the country. For less advantaged women, a job in a Manhattan office became their prime husband-hunting ground, where tactics varied from finding to trapping a husband by any means necessary.

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